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 our distinct realities around universal themes feels especially important in this year of separation. Place can illuminate the commonalities that flow between a 9-year-old poet muddling through distance learning and a retiree turning to the form for the first time in the pandemic. The 2021 prize submissions—more than 900 poems from more than 450 poets—also included poems that were written …

Erica Goss Wins Zócalo’s Eighth Annual Poetry Prize

Driving Through The State of Jefferson, a Land of 'Few People and a Few Million Cows'

Every Friday at Zócalo Public Square we publish a new poem. Our daily ideas journalism and free public events aim to connect people and ideas, exploring our shared human condition …

Charles Jensen Wins Zócalo’s Seventh Annual Poetry Prize

In ‘Tucson’, the Clouds Have Hands, a Snake Writes Cursive, and the Tree Has Arms

Zócalo Public Square’s daily ideas journalism and free public events aim to connect people and ideas, exploring our shared human condition and the world we’ve made. In that spirit, we …

The Best of the Verse

Massachusetts Poet Jody Zorgdrager is the Winner of the First Annual Zócalo Poetry Prize

Poetry has been a key element in Zócalo’s eclectic blend since we first began publishing in 2008. We were delighted to find ourselves building a literary space for both established …

We’re Launching a Poetry Prize!

Building Community Through Books, Poetry and Essays

Strengthening our commitment to inspiring new thinking on the meaning of community and place, Zócalo Public Square is pleased to announce the launch of our first annual poetry prize, which …