2015 National Book Awards finalists in Poetry
November 17th, 2015
The five finalists for the 2015 National Book Awards in Poetry are listed below:
-Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press)
-Terrance Hayes, How to Be Drawn (Penguin/Penguin Random House)
-Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus (Alfred A. Knopf)
-Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions)
-Patrick Phillips, Elegy for a Broken Machine (Alfred A. Knopf)
The winner of the $10,000 prize will be announced in New York on November 18.
Poet Joy Harjo wins Wallace Stevens award from the Academy of American Poets
September 14th, 2015
Poet Joy Harjo of Muskogee Creek heritage has won Wallace Stevens award from the Academy of American Poets, found in 1934. Her works include How We Became Human and The Woman Who Fell from the Sky.
The Academy has also awarded Kevin Young's Book of Hours Lenore Marshall poetry prize and a felloship to poet Marie Howe.
2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship Winners Announced
September 7th, 2015
The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine announces the five recipients of the 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, one of the largest awards given to young poets between 21 and 31 years of age in the United States: Nate Marshall, Erika L. Sánches, Danniel Schoonebeek, Safiya Sinclair, and Jamila Woods.
Poet James Tate Dies at 71
July 9th, 2015
James Tate, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and long time University of Massachusetts professor, died at 71. He wrote over twenty poetry collections, including The Ghost Soldiers and The Oblivion Ha-Ha.
You can read his bio here:
Poet James Fenton wins Pen Pinter Prize
June 16th, 2015
British poet and journalist James Fenton has won the Pen Pinter Prize, established in honour of playwright Harold Pinter.
Previous winners of the Pinter Prize include Tom Stoppard, Carol Ann Duffy, Hanif Kureishi and last year's winner, Salman Rushdie.
You can check out his website: http://www.jamesfenton.com/
Juan Felipe Herrera is named U.S. poet laureate
June 10th, 2015
Juan Felipe Herrera, author of numerous poetry collections and short stories, is named U.S. poet laureate (21st). He will be the first-ever Chicano/Latino poet laureate, writing and speaking in both English and Spanish.
You can read his bio here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/juan-felipe-herrera
Louise Glück awarded Gold Medal for Poetry
June 1st, 2015
Louise Glück awarded Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (AAAL). Glück has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, Yale’s Bollingen Prize, and most recently the National Book Award for her poetry.
You can read her bio here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/louise-gluck
Poetry Foundation Announces Winner of the 2015 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism
May 28th, 2015
Mark Ford’s This Dialogue of One: Essays on Poets from John Donne to Joan Murray, published in 2014 from Eyewear Publishing, is awarded the annual $7,500 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism.
Breathturn into Timestead:The Collected Later Poetry,by Paul Celan, translated and edited by Pierre Joris. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
James Merrill: Life and Art, by Langdon Hammer. (Knopf)
Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation, by Khaled Mattawa. (Syracuse University Press)
The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind, edited by Claudia Rankine, Beth Loffreda, and Max King Cap. (Fence Books)
Where Have You Been? Selected Essays, by Michael Hofmann. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing, edited by Carmen Giménez Smith and John Chávez. (Counterpath Press)
Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, Series. (Center for the Humanities, the Graduate Center, the City University of New York)
Selected Letters of Langston Hughes,edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel with Christa Fratantoro. (Knopf)
The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination, by Carl Phillips. (Graywolf Press)
Metaphor, by Denis Donoghue. (Harvard University Press)
Smartish Pace has published two of those listed: Khaled Mattawa and Carl Phillips.
Franz Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Dies at 62
May 15th, 2015
Franz Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, died at 62 from lung cancer. He won the Pulitzer in 2004 for his collection of poetry called “Walking to Martha’s Vineyard.”
Now I'm not the brightest
knife in the drawer, but
I know a couple things
about this life: poverty
discipline and mystery
The world is not illusory, we are
From crimson thread to toe tag
If you are not disturbed
there is something seriously wrong with you, I'm sorry
And I know who I am
I'll be a voice
coming from nowhere,
be glad for me.
You can read his biography here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/franz-wright#poet
Alice Notley Wins the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
May 7th, 2015
Alice Notely, the author of over 25 books of poetry, has been awarded the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The prize, first established in 1986, is one of the most prestigious awards in the field, annually given to "a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition" (The Poetry Foundation). She will be presented with the award at a ceremony at the Poetry Foundation on June 8.
You can read Alice Notely's biography here: