Last year, a guy I was in the MFA program with at the University of Arkansas by the name of Tony Tost won the Walt Whitman award. His book should be out sometime this spring, and I'll review it when it comes out.
I just got word that one of my fellow Stegner Fellows, Robin Ekiss, who is one hell of a poet, is a finalist for this year's Whitman award. It would be extremely cool if I wound up knowing two in a row. Best of luck, Robin, and congratulations to the incoming Stegner fellows. (I'd list their names here, but I don't think it's right to pre-empt Stanford.) I'll link their announcement when it hits the website.