David Rivard has been awarded the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review for a group of poems the magazine published in 2013–the prize honors the best poems published in the magazine in the past year. All 13 of the poems are collected in his new book, Standoff, which will appear in early 2016 from Graywolf Press.
The Shestack Prize is named for lawyer and human rights advocate Jerome Shestack, who played a major role in developing the American Poetry Review and gathering support for the magazine. The winners are chosen by the editors of the magazine. The first Shestack Prize was given in 1983. Past recipients include: John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, Louise Gluck, W.S. Merwin, Lucille Clifton, Robert Creeley, Kwame Dawes, Denise Levertov, and Jorie Graham.
This is the second time Rivard has been honored with this prize. He also won the Shestack Prize in 2009.