The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press is among the most prestigious awards of its kind, attracting as many as 900 entries a year from all over the world. Rogers won the prize in 2009 with a collection of poetry tentatively entitled “Paper Anniversary.” Rogers used his one-year research leave to finish up the collection, writing 10 poems and publishing work in eight journals. As part of the award, the University of Pittsburgh Press agrees to publish the winning entry.
Rogers: “It let me think in broader terms and write poems that are much more inter-related than I might normally do. It resulted in a more consistent group of poems and it played a role in getting my book done and ultimately getting it published.”