Announcing the 10th Annual Zócalo Poetry Prize Honorable Mentions

Our Favorite Poems About Place Search for Home, for Meaning, for Companionship, and for the Past

For ten years, the Zócalo Poetry Prize has recognized the U.S. poem that best evokes a connection to place. Thanks to Tim Disney’s generous sponsorship of our 2021 Book and Poetry Prizes, this year, for the first time, we are thrilled to honor five additional poets with honorable mention awards. Sophia Chong, Ernesto L. Abeytia, Ross White, Sophie Klahr, and LeConté Dill were chosen by Zócalo’s poetry editor, Connie Voisine, and our panel of judges: Arizona poet laureate Alberto Ríos, Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for International Affairs Nina L. Hachigian, …

Angelica Esquivel Wins Zócalo’s 10th Annual Poetry Prize | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Angelica Esquivel Wins Zócalo’s 10th Annual Poetry Prize

In 'La Mujer,' a Silver-Haired Believer Bridges a Generational and Cultural Gap

Each year for the past decade, the Zócalo Poetry Prize has been awarded to the U.S. poem that best evokes a connection to place.

The power of this concept to unite …

Announcing the 10th Annual Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Announcing the 10th Annual Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize

Awarded Annually to the Poem that Best Evokes Connection to Place

Zócalo is delighted to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the 10th annual Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize. The deadline for entries will close on January 29, 2021.

Since …

A Poem That Would Not Let Me Go | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

A Poem That Would Not Let Me Go

When I Found Multiple Truths in the Work of 18th-Century Poet Phillis Wheatley, She Became Some Kind of Kin

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I do not remember how old I was when my grandmother showed me Phillis Wheatley’s poetry. Ten, maybe 11? Young enough that my hands were open to everything she put …

Portrait of Icarus as a Country on Fire | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Portrait of Icarus as a Country on Fire

Can we talk about the wax? The way the wax
would have felt on his skin, slick 
at the first signs of melting, a spreading
warmth that felt so good …

In The Kitchen | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

In The Kitchen

So we’re remembering the years
in San Francisco, the apartment
on Gough followed by stays
at two nearby boardinghouses—
breakfast and supper and a double room
at the end of …