The Shelley Award is given by nomination only, to a poet selected with reference to their genius. This year’s award goes to Rick Barot (CRF 2011).

From the judges’ citation: “Rick Barot’s constancy as a poet of great patience—awaiting the world’s own speaking—makes his writing decidedly rare and rewarding. Over the course of his four books, most recently, The Galleons, Barot has earned a readership who can likely say that they read him because they trust him, believing that with each poem an arrival, or an openness, or a succumbing to true limits will befall them; that, at least, has been the experience of these two judges.”

 Read more. Watch Rick Barot read a poem from his most recent book The Galleons.