I am an onlooker only in the election for Oxford's Professor of Poetry, having no Oxford degree -- which is the requirement for voting. But it's fun to look at the field, which is a nicely varied and distinguished one, including Simon Armitage, Ian Gregson, Sean Haldane and Wole Soyinka. But if I did have a vote, excellent as these gentlemen are, it would be going to Alicia Stallings. (If you click that link you will be able to find some of her poetry.)
That is not just because she is female, though it would be good to have the first female professor of poetry in over 300 years, which is I think what she would be. Technically Ruth Padel was elected in 2009, but resigned before taking up the post. But, for me, the key argument would be that she is a wonderful combination of the two sides of the job (a combination seen also in some of its most distinguished past holders) -- both tremendous practising poet and academic critic.