Please join the Sewanee Review in celebrating Patricia Smith, recipient of the 2023 Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry. 



The Sewanee Review invites you to its first events of the year—the presentation of the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry by Vice-Chancellor Pearigen, and the lecture on the recipient’s body of work. The award, given annually since 1987, has honored some of America’s greatest poets, such as Nobel laureate Louise Glück and Pulitzer-prize winner Carl Phillips. 

The award-ceremony concludes with a reading and is an opportunity for students and the Sewanee community to hear a great artist up close and personal. The following afternoon’s lecture is a must for English-majors interested in exposure to criticism of the highest order. Join us on Tuesday, September 26th at 4:30 p.m. as we celebrate poet Patricia Smith (Incendiary Art, Unshuttered), and on Wednesday, September 27th at 4:00 p.m., as poet Joy Priest (author of Horsepower), explores Smith’s body of work. 

Both events are free and open to the public.