Annual Auburn Witness Poetry Prize presentation set for Thursday

Published: October 17, 2022

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Every year, a prize of $1,000 and publication in “Southern Humanities Review” is awarded annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. This year’s winner is Daniel Donaghy for his poem “Tulsa Triptych.”

This year’s judge, author of multiple poetry books and professor at Pacific Lutheran University, Rick Barot, had this to say about the poem: “Bringing together Documentary amplitude and lyric intimacy, ‘Tulsa Triptych’ takes a neglected piece of the American story and brings it into the light of the present.”

The award presentation event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and will feature a poetry reading from both the winner and the judge. All are encouraged to attend, as the event is free and open to the public.

The event will be livestreamed on the museum’s YouTube, Facebook, and on its website here.

Submitted by: Mason Williams

Rick Barot and Daniel Donaghy