“Incendiary Art: Poems,” a book of poems by Patricia Smith published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, has won the prestigious 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
NU Press’s “Forest Primeval” by Vievee Francis won the same honor in 2017, making it the first time a university press has won the award two consecutive years. Smith will accept the award at a ceremony on April 19 at Claremont Graduate University. The award comes with $100,000, the largest cash prize in the poetry world for a single collection of poems.
Unlike many literary awards, which honor a successful career retrospectively, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given at mid-career, which both rewards a specific work and provides financial resources that allow poets the freedom to continuing to hone their craft.
Including Vievee Francis, other past winners of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award have included Ross Gay, Angie Estes, Marianne Boruch, Rodney Jones and Yusef Komunyakaa.
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