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Yale Professor Takes Home $50,000 for Poetry Works

March 21, 2007 by  
Filed under Arts/Literature

( The first annual Jackson Poetry Prize, a $50,000 award for poets of “exceptional talent” who have not received “major national acclaim,” has been given to Elizabeth Alexander, author of four books of verse.

The prize was announced Friday by sponsor Poets & Writers Inc., “the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization serving creative writers.” A professor of African-American Studies at Yale University, Alexander was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005 for her collection, “American Sublime.”

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