Posted: 19 July 2011
In the 1960s Stephen Spender knew Joseph Brodsky only by reputation, as a poet imprisoned in the Soviet Union. They met for the first time in 1972 when W. H. Auden brought Brodsky, who had been expelled a few days earlier from his country, to London to the Poetry International and they stayed with the Spenders. There was an instant connection. The Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize, instigated by Maria Brodsky and Natasha Spender, celebrates the poets' long friendship and the rich tradition of Russian poetry.
The judges of the 2011 competition are:
Sasha Dugdale - Catriona Kelly - Paul Muldoon
Source: Stephen Spender Trust
Categories: Poetry Prizes