Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism
About the Award & Ceremony
The award, made possible through the generosity of the CrossCurrents Foundation, recognizes and honors a poet or poetry collective doing innovative and transformative work at the intersection of poetry and social change. Our hope is that the prize, like our biennial poetry festival, will become an essential, enduring part of our mission to promote the growing field of art and social activism on a national level. Also like the festival, the Freedom Plow Award is presented every other year.
Recipients receive $3,000, a beautifully designed award, and extensive attention to their work. We celebrate the selected recipient and finalists at a gala ceremony and reading.
The 2017 Freedom Plow Award
The 2017 Freedom Plow Award ceremony will be held at the Arts Club of Washington at 6 pm on the evening of April 21, 2017. This year's panel of judges include Holly Bass, Dawn Lundy Martin, and 2015 Freedom Plow Award Recipient Mark Nowak.
To learn more about the 2017 Freedom Plow Award recipient and finalists and to purchase tickets for the award gala ceremony, visit the 2017 Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism web page.
Previous Recipients & Projects
The inaugural award was presented in 2013 to Eliza Griswold for her work gathering, translating, and publishing the folk poems of Afghan women, who often write despite great risks to their personal safety. The inaugural ceremony also honored the four finalists: Jorge Agueta, poet and Director of Talleres de Poesia; Elana Bell, poet and educator with Seeds for Peace and Poets in Unexpected Places; Tim Z. Hernandez, poet and creator of "All They Will Call You"; Wang Ping, poet and Director of Kinship of Rivers. Photos and the video slideshow from the 2013 ceremony can be viewed at Blog This Rock, along with a write up on the evening.