We are delighted to share the winners, finalists, and longlist for the 2022 Sappho Prize for Women Poets! Please help us congratulate these brilliant poets. Deep gratitude to all who shared moving poems with us—we are so lucky to have been immersed in the worlds of your work. The winning poems were selected by Jos Charles and will be published in a few weeks.
Winners of the 2022 Sappho Prize
1st place — Mónica Gomery for “Occupational Hazards”
Mónica Gomery is a poet and rabbi who writes about queerness, loss, diaspora, theology, and cultivating courageous hearts. Her second collection, Might Kindred, won the 2021 Prairie Schooner Raz-Shumaker Book Prize in Poetry, and is forthcoming in November 2022 from University of Nebraska Press. She is also the author of Here is the Night and the Night on the Road (Cooper Dillon Books, 2018), and the chapbook Of Darkness and Tumbling (YesYes Books, 2017). She has been a nominee for Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net, and a graduate of the Tin House Winter Workshop. Her poems have appeared in Waxwing, Black Warrior Review, Adroit Journal, Muzzle Magazine, and other publications. Read more at www.monicagomerywriting.com.
2nd place — Jennifer Harrison for “The Oldest Forest”
Jennifer Harrison has published eight poetry collections. Her ninth, Sideshow History, will be published this year by Black Pepper, Melbourne. She was awarded the 2012 Christopher Brennan Award for sustained contribution to Australian poetry. Jennifer is currently Chair of the World Psychiatry Association’s Section for Art and Psychiatry.
3rd place — Kendall Grady for “Untitled”
Kendall Grady is a PhD candidate and instructor at UC Santa Cruz, where they write toward a media theory of love and through sensory ethonographies of poetic couplet. Grady’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in PubLab, The Atlas Review, Concrete Flux, Dusie, and Jupiter 88, and have sounded at the Baltic Writing Residency (Stockholm) and the Poetic Research Bureau (Los Angeles). Their chapbook, 321 Couplets, is forthcoming from CoastNOCoast. Grady lives in California with the Midwest in their heart.
Brooke Dwojak Lehmann
Sara Moore Wagner
Mary Pacifico Curtis
Madeline Augusta Turner
Milla van der Have