Raise a glass of wine with the publishers of The Moth as they announce the winner of this year’s Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize – one of the most lucrative prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem.
A reading by each of the four shortlisted poets will be followed by the announcement of the winner of the €10,000 prize.
The final four finalists are Cumbrian poet, Katie Hale, Texan poet Greg Geis, Mikal Oness from Minnesota and Maine poet Lee Sharkey.
This year the competition was judged by American poet Deborah Landau. Landau is the author of three acclaimed collections of poetry and lives in New York, where she directs the creative writing program at New York University. ‘Landau’s killer wit evokes Dorothy Parker crossed with Sylvia Plath – leaping spark after spark, growing to deadly dark fire,’ says the Los Angeles Times of her work.
The Prize is judged blind, so the poet’s reputation or experience has no bearing on the judging process. Previous winners include a former toymaker from the UK, a geneticist living in Cork, a professor in creative writing in the US and the owner of a nursing home in Cornwall.