Longtime readers of The Washington Post will remember Robert Hass’s “Poet’s Choice” column, which ran from 1997-2000. This year, his wife, Brenda Hillman, the author of nine previous poetry collections, is on the longlist for her new book, “Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire” (Wesleyan University).
The other poetry collections on the longlist are:
Roger Bonair-Agard, “Bury My Clothes” (Haymarket).
Lucie Brock-Broido, “Stay, Illusion” (Knopf).
Adrian Matejka, “The Big Smoke” (Penguin).
Diane Raptosh, “American Amnesiac” (Etruscan).
Martha Ronk, Transfer of Qualities” (Omnidawn).
Mary Szybist, “Incarnadine: Poems” (Graywolf).
National Book Award-winner Nikky Finney is the chair of this year’s poetry panel. Her fellow judges, Ada Limón, D.A. Powell, Jahan Ramazani and Craig Morgan Teicher, considered more than 200 collections of poetry published by United States citizens.
The longlists for the nonfiction and fiction categories will be announced Wednesday and Thursday. The longlist for the prize in young people’s literature was released on Monday.
These lists will be narrowed to five finalists in each category on Oct. 16. The winners will be revealed on Nov. 20 in New York.