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The Walt Whitman Award was established in 1975 to encourage new and emerging poets. Administered by the Academy of American Poets, it is awarded to American poets that have never before published a book. There is a $5,000 cash prize, along with publication of their first poetry book and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center.
Recent winners include Jonathan Thirkield, Sally Van Doren, and Anne Pierson Wiese.