Brenda Shaughnessy is the 2007 winner of the James Laughlin Award for poetry. The James Laughlin Award is given to recognize and support a poet’s second book. It is the only second-book award for poetry in the United States. Offered since 1954, the award was endowed in 1995 by a gift to the Academy from the Drue Heinz Trust. It is named for the poet and publisher James Laughlin (1914-1997), who founded New Directions in 1936. You can read one of her poems from her forthcoming book, Human Dark with Sugar, by clicking “Why is the Color of Snow?” . A transcript of an interview with Ms. Shaughnessy about the art of poetry writing is available here.
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