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The Witter Bynner fellowship is awarded annually to two or more poets to be chosen by the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in conjunction with the Library. The fellowships support poetry on both a national and local level: the fellows are recognized at a reading in the nation’s capital and go on to organize a local poetry reading in their own communities.


Poet Laureate Charles Wright will introduce the 2015 Witter Bynner Fellows, Emily Fragos and Bobby C. Rogers, and they will read selections from their work. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers2015 Witter Bynner Fellows

Emily Fragos is the author of two books of poems, including Hostage: New & Selected Poems (2011) and Little Savage (2004). Her other honors include a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry and a 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award. Fragos is the editor of five poetry anthologies from Everyman’s Pocket Library/Knopf:  Art and Artists, The Great Cat, The Dance, Music’s Spell and Letters: Emily Dickinson. She teaches at New York University, where she is a part-time professor of poetry in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

James Adam York

Bobby C. Rogers is the author of Paper Anniversary (2010), winner of the 2009 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. He is the recipient of the Greensboro Review Literary Prize in Poetry and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in literary journals such as The Southern Review, Georgia Review and Shenandoah, among others. Rogers is professor of English at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

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Full List of Previous Witter Bynner Fellows

  • 2015: Emily Fragos and Bobby C. Rogers (appointed by Charles Wright)
  • 2014: Honorée Fanonne Jeffers and Jake Adam York (appointed by Natasha Trethewey)
  • 2013: Sharon Dolin and Shara McCallum (appointed by Natasha Trethewey)
  • 2012: L.S. Asekoff and Sheila Black (appointed by Philip Levine)
  • 2011: Forrest Gander and Robert Bringhurst (appointed by W. S. Merwin)
  • 2010: Jill McDonough and Atsuro Riley (appointed by Kay Ryan)
  • 2009: Christina Davis and Mary Szybist (appointed by Kay Ryan)
  • 2008: Matthew Thorburn and Monica Youn (appointed by Stanley Kunitz)
  • 2007: Laurie Lamon and David Tucker (appointed by Donald Hall)
  • 2006: Joseph Stroud and Connie Wanek (appointed by Ted Kooser)
  • 2005: Claudia Emerson, Martin Walls (appointed by Ted Kooser)
  • 2004: Dana Levin, Spencer Reece (appointed by Louise Glück)
  • 2003: Major Jackson, Rebecca Wee (appointed by Billy Collins)
  • 2002: George Bilgere, Katia Kopovich (appointed by Billy Collins)
  • 2001: Tory Dent, Nick Flynn (appointed by Stanley Kunitz)
  • 2000: Naomi Shihab Nye, Joshua Weiner (appointed by Robert Pinsky)
  • 1999: David Gewanter, Campbell McGrath, Heather McHugh (appointed by Robert Pinsky)
  • 1998: Carol Muske-Dukes, Carl Phillips (appointed by Robert Pinsky)