We are thrilled to announce that another BOA author is the winner of the prestigious James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets! Kathryn Nuernberger’s forthcoming poetry collection, The End of Pink, has been chosen for the 2015 award, which is the only second-book award for poetry in the United States. Her collection will be released by BOA in fall 2016 within its American Poets Continuum Series. Established in 1954, the James Laughlin Award is given annually to recognize and support a superior second book of poetry by an American poet. Endowed in 1995 by the Drue Heinz Trust, the annual award is named for the poet and publisher James Laughlin, founder of New Directions. Nuernberger will receive a cash prize of $5,000, a one-week residency at the Betsy Hotel in Miami, and the Academy of American Poets will distribute copies of the book to thousands of its members. The judges were Francisco X. Alarcón, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and D. Nurkse. On winning the James Laughlin Award, Nuernberger said, “I’ve admired and been inspired by winners of the James Laughlin award for years. It’s ridiculous in all of the best ways to imagine my name on that list. I’m very grateful to the judges and the Academy of American Poets. I’m also very grateful to Peter Conners and everybody at BOA for picking my book out of the pile.” Other BOA titles to receive the James Laughlin Award include The Book of Goodbyes by Jillian Weise (2013), Song by Brigit Pegeen Kelly (1994) and The City in Which I Love You by Li-Young Lee (1990). Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of Rag & Bone, winner of the 2010 Elixir Press Antivenom Prize. Her work appears widely in such places as 32 Poems, Cincinnati Review, Copper Nickel, Green Mountains Review, Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, West Branch, and Willow Springs. A finalist for a Ruth Lilly fellowship and the winner of an AWP Intro Journals Award, she is also the recipient of research fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society and the Bakken Museum of Electricity in Life. Having studied writing at Ohio University, Eastern Washington University, and the University of Missouri, she taught high school French in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and worked with children in the foster care system in Missoula, Montana. She is an assistant professor at the University of Central Missouri, where she also serves as the director of Pleiades Press. BOA Editions proudly joins with the Academy of American Poets to celebrate Kathryn Nuernberger's outstanding collection The End of Pink, out in 2016! Click here for the Academy's official announcement of the 2015 American Poets Prizes.
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