Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry

Edwin Arlington Robinson,
winner of the first Pulitzer
for Poetry, in 1922
The Pulitzer Prize in Poetry has been presented since 1922 for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, published during the preceding calendar year. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

Finalists have been announced in the Poetry category since 1980. These are indicated with an "F"; winners in the same years are designated with a "W." No award was given in 1946.

You can read more about some of the more recent winners and finalists at the Pulitzer site.

1922: Collected Poems (Edwin Arlington Robinson)
1923: The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver: A Few Figs from Thistles: Eight Sonnets in American Poetry, 1922. A Miscellany (Edna St. Vincent Millay)
1924: New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes (Robert Frost)
1925: The Man Who Died Twice (Edwin Arlington Robinson)
1926: What's O'Clock (Amy Lowell)
1927: Fiddler's Farewell (Leonora Speyer)
1928: Tristram (Edwin Arlington Robinson)
1929: John Brown's Body (Stephen Vincent Benét)

1930: Selected Poems (Conrad Aiken)
1931: Collected Poems (Robert Frost)
1932: The Flowering Stone (George Dillon)
1933: Conquistador (Archibald MacLeish)
1934: Collected Verse (Robert Hillyer)
1935: Bright Ambush (Audrey Wurdemann)
1936: Strange Holiness (Robert P. T. Coffin)
1937: A Further Range (Robert Frost)
1938: Cold Morning Sky (Marya Zaturenska)
1939: Selected Poems (John Gould Fletcher)

1940: Collected Poems (Mark Van Doren)
1941: Sunderland Capture (Leonard Bacon)
1942: The Dust Which Is God (William Rose Benét)
1943: A Witness Tree (Robert Frost)
1944: Western Star (Stephen Vincent Benét)
1945: V-Letter and Other Poems (Karl Shapiro)
1946: No award given 1947: Lord Weary's Castle (Robert Lowell)
1948: The Age of Anxiety (W. H. Auden)
1949: Terror and Decorum (Peter Viereck)

1950: Annie Allen (Gwendolyn Brooks)
1951: Complete Poems (Carl Sandburg)
1952: Collected Poems (Marianne Moore)
1953: Collected Poems 1917–1952 (Archibald MacLeish)
1954: The Waking (Theodore Roethke)
1955: Collected Poems (Wallace Stevens)
1956: Poems - North & South (Elizabeth Bishop)
1957: Things of This World (Richard Wilbur)
1958: Promises: Poems 1954-1956 (Robert Penn Warren)
1959: Selected Poems 1928-1958 (Stanley Kunitz)

1960: Heart's Needle (W. D. Snodgrass)
1961: Times Three: Selected Verse From Three Decades (Phyllis McGinley)
1962: Poems (Alan Dugan)
1963: Pictures from Brueghel (William Carlos Williams)
1964: At The End Of The Open Road (Louis Simpson)
1965: 77 Dream Songs (John Berryman)
1966: Selected Poems (Richard Eberhart)
1967: Live or Die (Anne Sexton)
1968: The Hard Hours (Anthony Hecht)
1969: Of Being Numerous (George Oppen)

1970: Untitled Subjects (Richard Howard)
1971: The Carrier of Ladders (William S. Merwin)
1972: Collected Poems (James Wright)
1973: Up Country (Maxine Kumin)
1974: The Dolphin (Robert Lowell)
1975: Turtle Island (Gary Snyder)
1976: Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror (John Ashbery)
1977: Divine Comedies (James Merrill)
1978: Collected Poems (Howard Nemerov)
1979: Now and Then (Robert Penn Warren)

1980: (W) Selected Poems (Donald Justice)
1980: (F) Goshawk, Antelope (Dave Smith)
1980: (F) Selected Poems (Richard Hugo)
1981: (W) The Morning of the Poem (James Schuyler)
1981: (F) Selected Poems (Mark Strand)
1981: (F) The Right Madness on Skye (Richard Hugo)
1982: (W) The Collected Poems (Sylvia Plath)
1982: (F) Dream Flights (Dave Smith)
1982: (F) The Southern Cross (Charles Wright)
1983: (W) Selected Poems (Galway Kinnell)
1983: (F) Country Music, Selected Early Poems (Charles Wright)
1983: (F) Monolithos, Poems, 1962 and 1982 (Jack Gilbert)
1984: (W) American Primitive (Mary Oliver)
1984: (F) Collected Poems, 1930-1982 (Josephine Miles)
1984: (F) Weather-Fear: New and Selected Poems (John Engels)
1985: (W) Yin (Carolyn Kizer)
1985: (F) Ground Work (Robert Duncan)
1985: (F) The Other Side of the River (Charles Wright)
1986: (W) The Flying Change (Henry S. Taylor)
1986: (F) Saints and Strangers (Andrew Hudgins)
1986: (F) Selected Poems, 1963-1983 (Charles Simic)
1987: (W) Thomas and Beulah (Rita Dove)
1987: (F) The Selected Poetry of Hayden Carruth (Hayden Carruth)
1987: (F) Unending Blues (Charles Simic)
1988: (W) Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems (William Meredith)
1988: (F) Flesh and Blood (C.K. Williams)
1988: (F) Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980 and Next: New Poems (Lucille Clifton)
1989: (W) New and Collected Poems (Richard Wilbur)
1989: (F) The One Day (Donald Hall)
1989: (F) The River of Heaven (Garrett Hongo)

1990: (W) The World Doesn't End (Charles Simic)
1990: (F) Selected and Last Poems (Paul Zweig)
1990: (F) Time's Power (Adrienne Rich)
1991: (W) Near Changes (Mona Van Duyn)
1991: (F) Leaving Another Kingdom (Gerald Stern)
1991: (F) The Transparent Man (Anthony Hecht)
1992: (W) Selected Poems (James Tate)
1992: (F) An Atlas of the Difficult World (Adrienne Rich)
1992: (F) Selected Poems (Robert Creeley)
1993: (W) The Wild Iris (Louise Glück)
1993: (F) Hotel Lautreamont (John Ashbery)
1993: (F) Selected Poems 1946-1985 (James Merrill)
1994: (W) Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems (Yusef Komunyakaa)
1994: (F) Bright Existence (Brenda Hillman)
1994: (F) The Metamorphoses of Ovid, translated (Allen Mandelbaum)
1995: (W) The Simple Truth (Philip Levine)
1995: (F) Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986-1992 (Allen Ginsberg)
1995: (F) On The Great Atlantic Rainway: Selected Poems 1950-1988 and One Train (Kenneth Koch)
1996: (W) The Dream of the Unified Field (Jorie Graham)
1996: (F) Chickamauga (Charles Wright)
1996: (F) New and Selected Poems (Donald Justice)
1997: (W) Alive Together: New and Selected Poems (Lisel Mueller)
1997: (F) The Figured Wheel (Robert Pinsky)
1997: (F) The Willow Grove (Laurie Sheck)
1998: (W) Black Zodiac (Charles Wright)
1998: (F) Desire (Frank Bidart)
1998: (F) The Vigil (C.K. Williams)
1999: (W) Blizzard of One (Mark Strand)
1999: (F) Going Fast (Frederick Seidel)
1999: (F) Mysteries of Small Houses (Alice Notley)

2000: (W) Repair (C. K. Williams)
2000: (F) Elegy for the Southern Drawl (Rodney Jones)
2000: (F) Midnight Salvage: Poems 1995-1998 (Adrienne Rich)
2001: (W) Different Hours (Stephen Dunn)
2001: (F) Pursuit of a Wound (Sydney Lea)
2001: (F) The Other Lover (Bruce Smith)
2002: (W) Practical Gods (Carl Dennis)
2002: (F) The Beforelife (Franz Wright)
2002: (F) The Seven Ages (Louise Gluck)
2003: (W) Moy Sand and Gravel (Paul Muldoon)
2003: (F) Hazmat (J.D. McClatchy)
2003: (F) Music Like Dirt (Frank Bidart)
2004: (W) Walking to Martha's Vineyard (Franz Wright)
2004: (F) Eyeshot (Heather McHugh)
2004: (F) Middle Earth (Henri Cole)
2005: (W) Delights & Shadows (Ted Kooser)
2005: (F) Search Party: Collected Poems (William Matthews)
2005: (F) The Orchard (Brigit Pegeen Kelly)
2006: (W) Late Wife (Claudia Emerson)
2006: (F) American Sublime (Elizabeth Alexander)
2006: (F) Elegy on Toy Piano (Dean Young)
2007: (W) Native Guard (Natasha Trethewey)
2007: (F) Interrogation Palace: New & Selected Poems 1982-2004 (David Wojahn)
2007: (F) The Republic of Poetry (Martin Espada)
2008: (W) Failure (Philip Schultz) (two winners)
2008: (W) Time and Materials (Robert Hass) (two winners)
2008: (F) Messenger: New and Selected Poems, 1976-2006 (Ellen Bryant Voigt)
2009: (W) The Shadow of Sirius (W. S. Merwin)
2009: (F) Watching the Spring Festival (Frank Bidart)
2009: (F) What Love Comes To: New & Selected Poems (Ruth Stone)

2010: (W) Versed (Rae Armantrout)
2010: (F) Inseminating the Elephant (Lucia Perillo)
2010: (F) Tryst (Angie Estes)
2011: (W) The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Kay Ryan)
2011: (F) Break the Glass (Jean Valentine)
2011: (F) The Common Man (Maurice Manning)
2012: (W) Life on Mars (Tracy K. Smith)
2012: (F) Core Samples from the World (Forrest Gander)
2012: (F) How Long (Ron Padgett)
2013: (W) Stag's Leap (Sharon Olds)
2013: (F) Collected Poems (Jack Gilbert)
2013: (F) The Abundance of Nothing (Bruce Weigl)

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