Poetry Prize Started in Honor of Cyclist

Hoyt Jacobs was a proud Queens resident – he studied at Queens College, tutored at Brooklyn College, and regularly rode his bike throughout the neighborhood.



His life was unfortunately cut short during a routine bike ride in LIC, close to Astoria, when he was hit by a private garbage truck at 7:10 pm, on 41st street and Vernon Boulevard.


The accident was fatal, and Hoyt’s friends and family are still reeling from the loss.


Hoyt studied at Queens College, under their MFA program – and his friends, classmates, and former professors are coming together to honor him. They plan to start an annual poetry prize, awarded to a student each year who is studying in the same program that Hoyt studied. It is a way for friends and family to keep his memory alive – to continue poetry in the name of a man that truly loved poetry.


Photo via John Rice


The fundraiser is aiming for $7,000 – and they’ve almost reached the goal. If you want to donate, you can learn more about the fundraiser here.