Poet of Muskogee
Creek heritage wins Wallace Stevens award from the Academy of American
Poets for proven mastery
Harjo: known for wedding social consciousness to her Muskogee
Creek heritage and the south-west American landscape. (courtesy
Poet Joy Harjo, known for
wedding social consciousness to her Muskogee Creek heritage and
the south-west American landscape, has won a $100,000 prize for
Harjo, 64, received the Wallace
Stevens award for proven mastery, the Academy of
American Poets announced on Thursday. The academy praised Harjo
for her visionary justice-seeking art and for transforming
bitterness to beauty and trauma to healing.
Her books include How
We Became Human and The
Woman Who Fell from the Sky.
Previous winners of the Stevens prize include WS
Merwin and Adrienne
Also on Thursday, the academy awarded Kevin
Youngs Book of Hours the $25,000 Lenore Marshall poetry
prize, for the years best collection, and a $25,000 fellowship
to poet Marie Howe.
Nuernbergers The End of Pink won a $1,000 prize for the
best second book of poetry, and Blake N Campbell received a $1,000
award for student poetry for his work Bioluminescence.
The academy announced two translation awards. Todd
Portnowitz received a $25,000 prize and five-week residency
at the American Academy in Rome for his work on Italian poet Pierluigi
Cappellos Go Tell It to the Emperor. Roger Greenwalds
English-language edition of the Swedish poet Gunnar Hardings
Guarding the Air brought him a $1,000 prize.
The nonprofit academy was founded in 1934.
of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets was
founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their
careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.