Brooklyn Poets Prizes

We currently award two prizes to poets in our community: one for Yawper of the Year, given to a poet outstanding on the page and in performance who’s a regular at our Yawp and a strong supporter of other poets; and one for Poem of the Year, awarded to one of twelve winners of Yawp Poem of the Month from the previous year who compete for the award at our December Yawp (decided by audience vote). Winners receive a cash prize, a Brooklyn Poets membership, a Poet of the Week feature on our website, a swag item of their choice and eternal glory.

2016 Award Winners

Yawper of the Year: Arthur Russell

Poem of the Year: Julia Knobloch

Poem of the Year Finalists: Bill Livingston, Chris Roberts, Dell Lemmon, Connor Crawford, Robert Gibbons, Emily Blair, Jonathan Clarence, Thomas Fucaloro, Emily Blair, Isabel Marcus, Tamara Lee


Arthur Russell

Arthur Russell, who never had any poem published anywhere since his high school yearbook, had eight poems published or accepted for publication in 2016 at Yellow Chair Review, Prelude, Wilderness House Literary Review, Shot Glass Journal #20, Paterson Literary Review, the Red Wheelbarrow #9 and the forthcoming Brooklyn Poets Anthology.


Julia Knobloch

Winning Poem: “Daylight Saving Time”
Julia Knobloch is a journalist and translator turned project manager and executive assistant. Before coming to New York, she worked 10+ years as a writer and producer for TV documentaries and radio features. Her essays and reportage have appeared in print and online publications in Germany, Argentina and the US (openDemocracy, the Brooklyn Rail, Reality Sandwich). She occasionally blogs for ReformJudaism.org.

2015 Award Winners

Yawper of the Year: Julie Hart

Poem of the Year: Arthur Russell

Poem of the Year Finalists: Richard Fein, Nicole Cygielman, Ed Toney, Emily Blair, Timothy Wojcik, Mirielle Clifford, Tracy May Fuad, Lars Miller, Laura Plaster, Jonathan Clarence, Sam Coggin.


Julie Hart

Originally from Minnesota, Julie Hart has lived in London, Zurich and Tokyo and now in Brooklyn Heights. Her work can be found in Five Quarterly, Denim Skin, PANK Magazine, The Rumpus, Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Floor Plan Journal.


Arthur Russell

Winning Poem: “The Whales Off Manhattan Beach Breaching in Winter”
Arthur Russell is a 59-year-old man who, as far as his mother is concerned, eats too fast, talks too quietly and is far too sensitive. There was a famous avant garde cello player with the same name of approximately the same age, who lived in the same apartment building as Allen Ginsberg on the Lower East Side, and died of AIDS in and around 1992. This is not that guy, although when that Arthur Russell died, his credit card company placed a lot of calls to this Arthur Russell, dunning him for payment. This Arthur Russell works as a lawyer, but his real skills are fixing toilets and apologizing for things he didn’t do.

2014 Award Winner

Yawper of the Year: Ricardo Hernandez


Ricardo Hernandez

Ricardo Thomas Manuel Hernandez is a poet and spoken word artist from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He began performing throughout the New York City poetry scene in September 2012. Since then he has featured at Tom Kane’s Boulevard Bards, Saturn Poetry Series, Word at 4F, Ken Siegelman’s Brooklyn Poetry Outreach, The Nuyorican Poets Café and HOW TO BUILD A FIRE: A Brooklyn Storytelling Series, and starred as Allen Ginsberg in Brooklyn Gypsies’ Ghetto Hors D’oeuvres: Last Night of the Palladium.