The Maurice English Poetry Award was established at the time of Maurice English’s death to support his love of language and to continue his commitment to poets and their works. It is principally supported by his widow, Helen W. Drutt English, and selected advisors and sponsors which includes his daughter Deirdre Elena English. The MEPA award was initiated to honor a distinguished book of poetry published in the preceding year by an author in his/her sixth decade of life (meaning in their fifties or beyond.) The mission statement was suggested by Galway Kinnel. This criterion acknowledges that Maurice English's first volume of poetry, Midnight in the Century, was published in his 55th year. From 1985 to 2005, the award was presented to poets annually. The complete list of awardees, with their bios and photos, is found here and under the menu heading Awards and Readings.
Since 2005, MEPA has continued as a series of poetry readings. MEPA has cosponsored poetry readings with the Storm King Art Center, New Windsor (formerly Mountainville), NY. In addition, the MEPA has sponsored readings and events including ones that have been held in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Curtis Institute of Music and the Community College of Philadelphia, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, Governor's Island (with Poets House), New York and Venice, Italy.
MEPA will continue to sponsor poetry readings in the coming years. To be informed of upcoming readings please sign up for our newsletter below or join the Maurice English Facebook page.