Amy Award

About the Amy Award

Poets & Writers presents the Amy Award each year to recognize promising women poets, age 30 and under, living in the New York City metropolitan area or on Long Island. Winners receive a modest honorarium and give a reading in New York City. The award was established in 1995 by Paula Trachtman and Edward Butscher of East Hampton, New York, in memory of Ms. Trachtman's daughter, Amy Rothholz, an actor and poet.

2018 Winners

The winners of the 2018 Amy Award are Lindsay Adkins, Kiley BenseWendy Chen, and Carlie Hoffman. The winners will present a reading, along with guest poet Fran Castan, on Thursday, October 4, at Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St., in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood. For details, contact

Read Poems by the 2018 Winners.

2017 Winners

2017 Amy Award winners Sreshtha Sen, Holly Mitchell, Crystal Yeung, and Liza Katz. Credit: Margarita Corporan

Past Winners

  • Desiree Bailey
  • Emily Barton
  • Genevieve Burger-Weiser
  • Lisabeth Burton
  • Ebony E. Chinn
  • Jerie Choi
  • Alexandra Cordera 
  • Rio Cortez
  • Caitlin Doyle
  • Dorene Evans
  • Laura Fairgrieve
  • Hafizah Geter
  • K. D. Henley
  • Shannon Holman
  • Ava Hu
  • Sarah Ruth Jacobs 
  • Courtney Kampa
  • Liza Katz
  • Simone Kearney
  • K. Morgan Keenan
  • Eugenia Leigh
  • Amanda Lichtenberg
  • Nabila Lovelace
  • Shireen Madon
  • Sally Wen Mao
  • Amy Meng
  • Kerry Ann Minto
  • Holly Mitchell
  • Annabelle Moseley
  • Idra Novey
  • Stella Padnos 
  • Alison Roh Park
  • Cecily Parks
  • Prudence Peiffer
  • Shabnam Piryaei
  • Frances Justine Post
  • Hila Ratzabi 
  • Jendi Reiter
  • Christie Ann Reynolds
  • Anne Marie Rooney
  • Jessica Saffer 
  • Sreshtha Sen
  • Mrigaa Sethi
  • Laurie Siegal 
  • Alexandra Smyth
  • Jessica Max Stein
  • Leigh Stein
  • Lindsay Stern
  • Tamara Tiska
  • Jeannie Vanasco
  • Alexandra Wilder
  • Wendy Wisner
  • Jenny Xie
  • Crystal Yeung