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Auburn Witness Poetry Prize Honoring Jake Adam York

October 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In partnership with the Department of English and Southern Humanities Review, The Jule hosts the annual Auburn Witness Poetry Prize Honoring Jake Adam York.

The award is given annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet and Auburn alumnus, Jake Adam York. York, who died in 2012 at age 40, was a celebrated poet and fifth-generation Alabamian who first honed his literary gifts as a student working with Auburn’s Department of English faculty. He authored four collections of poetry, including the highly lauded 2008 “A Murmuration of Starlings,” an elegiac work in memory of the martyrs of the Civil Rights movement.

The in-person engagement begins at 6 p.m. with a light reception. Our live stream follows at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube, @JCSMAuburn.

About the Witness Prize Judge

Jericho Brown is author of the The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection, The Tradition won the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

His poems have appeared in The Bennington Review, Buzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program and a professor at Emory University.

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The evening will feature audience questions. To submit one in advance, please complete the form below.


October 21, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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