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Academy of American Poets Prizes for 2018 Announced

By Harriet Staff

The Academy of American Poets has announced the organization's prizes for this year of 2018, with recipients including David Larsen, Raquel Salas Rivera, Craig Morgan Teicher, and Sonia Sanchez, who has received the esteemed WALLACE STEVENS AWARD, "given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Established in 1994, the award carries a stipend of $100,000." From the announcement:

Poet, playwright, and children’s book author Sonia Sanchez has published more than a dozen poetry collections, including Morning Haiku (Beacon Press, 2010) and Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems (Beacon Press, 1999). Her many honors include the 2009 Robert Creeley Award, the Frost Medal, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Sanchez lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About Sanchez, Academy of American Poets Chancellor Terrance Hayes said: “The formal virtuosity Sonia Sanchez has honed across five decades of poetry collections is tenaciously rooted in the transforming social power of art. Her life and poems reflect a steadfast devotion to humanity, a love for womanhood, black culture, and education. Her poems display a masterful fusion of political and spiritual urgencies. They spring from her like songs, prayers, and spells displaying uncompromising artfulness and consciousness. In some West African cultures the griot is protector of memory and culture, part oracle, part archivist. Sonia Sanchez is our peerless griot of American poetry. There is no poet like her in the whole motley canon. There may have never been a more appropriate recipient of an award honoring poetic mastery and originality.”

The full list:

MARTÍN ESPADA has received the ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS FELLOWSHIP.

CRAIG MORGAN TEICHER’s book The Trembling Answers (BOA Editions, 2017) has received the LENORE MARSHALL POETRY PRIZE.

GEFFREY DAVIS’s book Night Angler (BOA Editions, 2019) has won the JAMES LAUGHLIN AWARD, which is given to recognize and support a second book of poetry forthcoming in the next calendar year. 

RAQUEL SALAS RIVERA's x/ex/exis (poemas para la nación) (poems for the nation) has won the AMBROGGIO PRIZE, which is a $1,000 publication prize given for a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation. 

DAVID LARSEN’s translation of Names of the Lion by Ibn Khalawayh (Wave Books, 2017) has won the HAROLD MORTON LANDON TRANSLATION AWARD.  

ANTHONY MOLINO’s translation of The Diary of Kaspar Hauser by Paolo Febbraro (Negative Capability Press, 2017) has won the RAIZISS/DE PALCHI BOOK PRIZE.

JOHN BOSWORTH has won the ALIKI PERROTI AND SETH FRANK MOST PROMISING YOUNG POET AWARD for his poem “A Boy Can Wear a Dress.”

In April, the Academy of American Poets announced that EMILY SKAJA received the WALT WHITMAN AWARD for her poetry collection BRUTE, which will be published by Graywolf Press in 2019.

The Academy of American Poets sponsors over 200 annual UNIVERSITY & COLLEGE POETRY PRIZES, distributing close to $25,000 each year.

Congrats to all!