The American Poetry Review is happy to announce that this year’s APR/Honickman First Book Prize has been awarded to Natasha Rao for her manuscript Latitude, chosen by our guest judge, Ada Limón. The book will be published in September, 2021 and will be distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium.
Natasha Rao is a poet and educator from New Jersey. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from NYU, where she was a Goldwater Fellow. She has received support from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, American Poetry Review, Narrative, The Offing, Rattle, and elsewhere, and she was a finalist in Narrative’s 30 Below Contest. She is a managing editor of American Chordata and lives in Brooklyn.
We received over 1,000 submissions for the prize this year and are very grateful to have read so many excellent poems.