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‘The Georgia Review’ announces judge for 2022 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

The Georgia Review is pleased to announce that Dawn Lundy Martin will serve as the final judge for the 2022 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize.

Martin is the Toi Derricotte Endowed Chair in English at the University of Pittsburgh as well as the director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, which she co-founded with Terrance Hayes. Her books include “A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering” (UGA Press, 2007), which won the Cave Canem Prize; “Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life” (Nightboat, 2015), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry; and, most recently, “Good Stock/Strange Blood” (Coffee House, 2017), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. She wrote the libretto for the video opera “Good Stock on the Dimension Floor,” which was mounted at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, among other places. Her essays have appeared in venues such as The New Yorker, n+1 and boundary 2. Her memoir, “When a Person Goes Missing,” will be published by Pantheon Books.

The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize is an award for a single poem, to be published in The Georgia Review. The winner will receive an honorarium of $1,500 and an expenses-paid trip to Athens, Georgia, to give a public reading with the judge. Submissions to be considered for the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize must be sent either online from March 1 through May 1 or by regular mail postmarked within the same span of time. The winning poem and author will be announced by Aug. 15, and the poem will appear in the Winter issue of the same year.

The Georgia Review thanks the late Loraine Williams for her sponsorship of this prize. Williams was a longtime Atlanta-based patron of the arts. Full details and submission instructions are available at

The Georgia Review, an award-winning quarterly literary journal, was founded at the University of Georgia in 1947. Visit or call 706-542-3481 for further information.