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 will begin accepting submissions for the 10th annual Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize on November 1, 2020. The deadline for entries will close on January 29, 2021.

Since 2012, Zócalo has awarded the prize annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. “Place” may be interpreted in many ways, be it of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; the landscape may be also be literal, imaginary, or metaphorical.

As with everything else Zócalo features, we are on the lookout for that …

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 …

Poems That Can Save Your Life a Little

During last night’s discussion I remembered that whenever I read a poem, I’m asking, “Does this save my life a little?” The poems that do are the ones that stay …