Patricia Smith, Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence, has won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for her latest book, “Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah.” The prize, given by the Academy of American Poets, is in recognition of the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year. Established in 1975, the award includes an honorarium of $25,000.00 and is one of the most prestigious poetry prizes in the US. Past recipients include Philip Levine, Adrienne Rich, Thom Gunn, W. S. Merwin, Marilyn Hacker, and Charles Wright. This year’s contest judges were poets Cornelius Eady, Claudia Emerson, and Gregory Orr.
The award will be officially presented to Ms. Smith at a ceremony in New York City on Oct. 25.