Robert G. Cohn Prose Poetry Award

The winning poet receives $300, plus the editors at CalArts work with the poet to select up to ten additional unpublished poems (prose or verse) from the winning poets body of work for publication in a limited edition chapbook. The winning poem is also be featured in the journal, Black Zinnias.

This award is in honor of Professor Robert G. Cohn’s lifetime of work dedicated to literature and poetry. Professor Cohn worked primarily in the field of French Literature, writing over 16 books, numerous articles, and essays focusing on the life and work of Mallarmé, a major book on Rimbaud and several books of cultural criticism. While a student at Yale University, just after World War II, Professor Cohn founded the highly regarded literary journal Yale French Studies.

  • Carine Topal

    2007 Winner for “The Favorite Poet, 1888”