The 2020 Laux/Millar RR Poetry Prize Guidelines
Selected by Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar (2019)
"Iguana Iguana" by Caylin Capra-Thomas
"We love "iguana, Iguana". What a glorious ride. We love her use of the "controlling image." Every time we think she's making a leap away from the iguana, she returns to it with a vengeance. This poem goes so many places, has so much humor and humanity, so much muchness and toughness and tenderness and forgiveness. Of everything and everyone. Jim and Sylvester and William, no-see-ums and mothers, good and bad boyfriends, stray cats and dead birds, dancing pecs and death. Damn, we're impressed." -Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar
"At the Bar" by Cameron McGill
"The Land in Both Our Names" by Suzanne Grove
"After Watching The Quiet Man" by Hannah Dow
"Sertraline" by Emily Nason
Selected by Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar (2018)
"Forever Daylight" by John Sibley Williams
"Four Sonnets" Bailey Cohen [2nd]
"Lightning Flowers" Emily Mohn-Slate [3rd]
"Other women don't tell you" by Julia Dasbach
"Keloid Scar" by Julia Dasbach
"Sometimes I Pretend the Daughter I Wanted Was Born Alive" by Chelsea Dingman
"After You Have Gone" by Chelsea Dingman
Selected by Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar (2017)
Kristin Robertson - "Poem for My Unborn Daughter"
Jenna Bazzell - "All Is Wild, All Is Silent"
Emily Paige Wilson - "Reasons to Return Home"
Emily Rose Cole - "How Not to Remember Your Mother"
Jenna Bazzell - "The Speaker's Prayer"
Mario Ariza - "Erratic transcription of notes taken at a refugee camp in Anse-A-Pitre, Haiti."