The New Criterion is delighted to announce that John Poch’s Fix Quiet has been selected as the winner of the 2014 New Criterion Poetry Prize.

Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Poch received his MFA from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. He was selected as the first Colgate University Creative Writing Fellow, and has won the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and The Nation/Discovery Prize. His work has appeared in Paris Review, The New Republic, New England Review, and elsewhere. Poch’s collections include Dolls (2009) and Two Men Fighting with a Knife (2008). He currently serves as the series editor of the Vasser Miller Poetry Prize, published by the University of North Texas Press, and is a professor at Texas Tech University.

Poetry Prize winners receive $3,000 and publication of their manuscript. This year’s judges were the poet Charles Martin, TNC Editor and Publisher Roger Kimball, and TNC Poetry Editor and poet David Yezzi. Fix Quiet will be available in Fall of 2014 from St. Augustine’s Press.

A selection of Poch’s poems are available through his author page on the Poetry Foundation’s website.

Funding for the 2014 New Criterion Poetry Prize was generously provided by Joy and Michael Millette.