17
Sep
07

James Laughlin Award Winner 2007 Announced: Brenda Shaughnessy

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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