Wow, great news for Chase, and Atsuro.
Chase Twichell, a former teacher and publisher who has been writing for more than 30 years, has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award from Claremont Graduate University.
Twichell, who lives in Keene, N.Y., with her husband, the novelist Russell Banks, is being honored for "Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been," her seventh book of poetry, published by Copper Canyon Press last year. Her previous collections include "Dog Language" (2005) "The Snow Watcher” (1998) and “Northern Spy” (1981). The Tufts Award, established at Claremont Graduate University in 1992, honors work by a midcareer poet.
Tiwchell is a former teacher at Princeton who founded Ausable Press in 1999. The company, which focused on publishing poetry books, was acquired by Copper Canyon Press in 2008.
Atsuro Riley, author of "Romey's Order," was chosen to receive the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.