Thursday, February 04, 2010

Good news for DA Powell. I think his book is so deserving of this. And I enjoyed the Beth Bachman book as well. Kudos to both.

An established San Francisco-area poet and an emerging colleague in Nashville have been named the latest winners of the lucrative Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards.

D.A. Powell has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award for his latest collection, Chronic.

Multiple National Book Critics Circle nominee Powell, whose past works include the collections Cocktails, Lunch and Tea, also teaches at the University of San Francisco.

The Kate Tufts Discovery Award, worth $10,000, goes to Beth Bachmann for her debut book, Temper.

Bachmann, an assistant professor of English at Nashville's Vanderbilt University, said she felt "deeply honoured" by her selection.

"The award is unbelievably encouraging and extremely motivating," she said in a statement.

The two annual honours — one to recognize an outstanding collection of poetry and the other for a promising poet's first collection — are designed not only to celebrate the winners, but to "enable a poet to work on his or her craft for awhile without paying pills," according to Kate Tufts.

She created the prizes in the mid-1990s to honour the memory of her late husband, poet and fiction writer Kingsley Tufts.

The awards are based out of California's Claremont Graduate University.

Powell and Bachmann will receive their awards at a ceremony at the Pasadena

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