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L.S. Asekoff and Sheila Black Win Witter Bynner Awards

By Harriet Staff

More awards! According to this press release from the Library of Congress website:

Poet Laureate Philip Levine has chosen poets L.S. Asekoff and Sheila Black for the 2012 Witter Bynner Fellowships, and will introduce the poets on April 5 at the Library of Congress.

Asekoff and Black each will receive a $10,000 fellowship, provided by the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. This is the 15th year the fellowships have been awarded.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said, “These fellowships—to poets whose distinctive talents and craftsmanship merit wider recognition—provide a wonderful way for the Laureate, the Library and the Witter Bynner Foundation to encourage poets and poetry.”

Commenting on his selections, Levine said “L.S. Asekoff is a true surreal visionary; in his writing, all time configures itself into a single extended moment which is the poem. In these dramatic monologues, a quiet voice emerges to tell us what we need to know about the ravages of our past and the nightmarish nonsense ahead.”

About Black, he said “She is a consummate poet of memory who seems able to inhabit all the various women she is and has been. The loves and losses of the child, the young woman and the mother are present in these rich lyrics and storied poems. Hers is a poetry of feeling, and the whole panoply of emotions—from love to rage—is present and earned.”


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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, March 9th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.