Purdue poet wins $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

March 5, 2013  

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Marianne Boruch, a Purdue University professor of creative writing, has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for her "The Book of Hours," which is published by Copper Canyon Press.

The award, given annually to a mid-career poet by Claremont Graduate University, is one of the largest monetary poetry prizes in the United States.

Boruch's poetry collections include "Grace, Fallen from," "Poems: New and Selected," "A Stick that Breaks and Breaks" and "Moss Burning." She's written two books of essays on poetry -"In the Blue Pharmacy" and "Poetry's Old Air" - and a memoir, "The Glimpse Traveler." She has received Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright/visiting professorship at the University of Edinburgh, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and residencies from the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center and Isle Royale National Park. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Paris Review, APR, the Yale Review and the London Review of Books.

Boruch also teaches creative writing at The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

The Kingsley Tufts Award, now in its 21st year, was established at Claremont Graduate University by Kate Tufts to honor the memory of her husband, who held executive positions in the Los Angeles Shipyards and wrote poetry as his avocation. 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. 

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