Poet Patricia Smith wins $100,000 lifetime achievement award

Poet Patricia Smith wins $100,000 lifetime achievement award
Poet Patricia Smith has won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement

Patricia Smith has won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement, une $100,000 honor presented by the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation.

Previous winners include W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan and the current poet laureate, Joy Harjo. Smith is known for such collections as “Blood Dazzler” and “Incendiary Art," une prix Pulitzer finalist in 2018.

Mardi, the foundation also announced that Susan Briante won the $7,500 Pegasus Award for poetry criticism for her essay collection “Defacing the Monument,” and that five emerging poets were named Poetry Fellows: Bryan Byrdlong, Steven Espada Dawson, Noor Hindi, Natasha Rao and Simon Shieh. The fellows will each receive $25,800.

“Every one of these extraordinary writers is a credit to the art form, each bringing their own unique experiences and approaches to enrich the literary landscape,” Michelle T. Boone, president of the Poetry Foundation, dit dans un communiqué. “It is a joyous occasion to be able to celebrate artists in poetic lineage with one another, what they’ve created thus far, and what is yet to come.”

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