Fall 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 4 Patricia Grodd Poetry PrizeAugust 28, 2023 |

2023 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers Introduction

The Kenyon Review’s annual Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers was judged this year by acclaimed poet Ruth Awad. From more than fifteen hundred entries, Awad selected a winner and two runners-up. In selecting Naomi Ling, an eleventh grader from Columbia, Maryland, as the winner, Awad wrote, “Haibun for Cantonese, ‘The Bird Language’ ” is a complex and accomplished poem as fully in flight as its guiding metaphor promises. Rich with imagination, the poem deftly explores the speaker’s multifaceted relationship with their native tongue while navigating the pressures to assimilate  —  an experience many first-gen readers will recognize. There’s so much to admire here: the language, the sequence underpinned by the speaker’s age, the evolving perspectives, the poised and compelling voice. Each time I read this poem, I peel back another exquisite layer of this intimate emergence. I will live in that space for quite some time.  Awad selecte

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Ruth Awad is a 2021 NEA Poetry Fellow and the author of Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. Alongside Rachel Mennies, she is the coeditor of The Familiar Wild: On Dogs and Poetry (Sundress Publications, 2020). Her work appears in POETRY, Poem-a-Day, The Believer, The New Republic, Pleiades, The Missouri Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

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