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The Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize Competition is a biennial program of Letras Latinas in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame Press. Founded in 2004, the Latino poetry competition seeks to publish the first collection of a promising Latino-American poet who has not previously published a book of poetry.

Honoring Andrés MontoyaEdit

The award is named in honor of Andrés Montoya, a Chicano poet. Montoya passed away from leukemia in 1999 before the publication of his book, The Iceworker Sings and Other Poems. That collection would later go on to win the 1997 UC Irvine Chicano/Latino Literary Prize[1] and the before Columbus 2000 American Book Award.[2] Bilingual Press issued a second printing of the book in 2017. 2019 will mark the 20th anniversary since its publication.

Francisco Aragón, Founder and CoordinatorEdit

In his role as director of Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Francisco Aragón founded the Prize in 2004 and serves as its coordinator.

Past winners (2004–present)Edit

Listing of past competitions[3]
Year Poet Book Judges
2018 Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes The Inheritance of Haunting Ada Limón
2016 Felicia Zamora Of Form & Gather Edwin Torres
2014 David Campos Furious Dusk Rhina P. Espaillat
2012 Laurie Ann Guerrero A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying[4] Francisco X. Alarcón
2010 Emma Trelles Tropicalia Silvia Curbelo
2008 Paul Martínez Pompa My Kill Adore Him Martín Espada
2006 Gabriel Gómez The Outer Bands Valerie Martínez
2004 Sheryl Luna Pity the Drowned Horses Robert Vasquez

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Chicano/Latino Literary Prize - History". Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  2. ^ "American Book Award". Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  3. ^ "Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize". Letras Latinas. Archived from the original on September 8, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ González, Rigoberto (April 27, 2012). "Letras Latinas: Building Literary Community". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved May 13, 2012.

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