The New Criterion is delighted to announce that Nicholas Friedman’s Petty Theft has been selected as the winner of the 18th New Criterion Poetry Prize.

Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, Friedman is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His poems appear in The New York Times, POETRY, Yale Review, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford.

Poetry Prize winners receive $3,000 and publication of their manuscript. This year’s judges were the poet Charles Martin, The New Criterion Editor and Publisher Roger Kimball, and The New Criterion Poetry Editor and poet David Yezzi. Petty Theft will be available in Fall of 2018 from Criterion Books.

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

A Message from the Editors

Our past successes are owed to our greatest ambassadors: our readers. Our future rests on your support, as The New Criterion Editor Roger Kimball explains. Will you help us continue to bring our incisive review of the arts and culture to the next generation of readers?