Purdue University creative writing teacher wins $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Marianne Boruch, a Purdue University creative writing teacher, has won this year’s $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a California university announced Monday.

Boruch was honoured for her collection, “The Book of Hours,” and a ceremony will be held April 18 at Claremont Graduate University east of Los Angeles.

“The award is presented for a work by a poet who is past the very beginning but has not yet reached the pinnacle of his or her career,” a university statement said.

Boruch lives in West Lafayette, Ind., and teaches at Purdue and in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, the London Review of Books and other publications.

Heidy Steidlmayer of Vacaville, Calif., won the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for her book “Fowling Piece.” The award is given for a first book by a poet of “genuine promise,” the university said.


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