2017 Bollingen Prize Judges
Rigoberto González is the author of ten books of prose and four books of poetry, most recently Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, a NYFA grant in poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, The Poetry Center Book Award, and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award, he is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine and writes a monthly column for NBC-Latino online. Currently, he is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey. In 2015, he received The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. As of 2016, he serves as critic-at-large with the L.A. Times and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).
Alice Quinn is Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s graduate School of the Arts. She has served as poetry editor at The New Yorker (1987-2007) and Alfred A. Knopf, Publishers (1976-1986). She is the editor of Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop and is at work on a forthcoming edition of Bishop’s journals to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her articles on and interviews with writers, poets, and artists have appeared in Artforum, The New Yorker, and other publications.
Arthur Sze is the author of Compass Rose, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Ginkgo Light, recipient of a PEN Southwest Book Award and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Book Award, Quipu, and The Redshifting Web among other titles; he has translated and edited a collection of Chinese poetry translations, The Silk Dragon. He has received the Jackson Poetry Prize, a Lannan Literary Award, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing fellowships, and a Howard Foundation fellowship. Arthur Sze was the first poet laureate of Santa Fe, NM, is a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.