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Keetje Kuipers Awarded Isabella Gardner Poetry Award for Forthcoming Collection - Press Release

June, 10, 2024

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Benjamin Thompson
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Keetje Kuipers Awarded Isabella Gardner Poetry Award for Forthcoming Collection

ROCHESTER, NY – BOA Editions is excited to announce that Keetje Kuipers has been awarded the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award for her collection Lonely Women Make Good Lovers, which is forthcoming from BOA in Spring 2025. This prestigious award underscores Kuipers' exceptional contribution to contemporary poetry.

Lonely Women Make Good Lovers delves into themes of empathy, humility, and mutual responsibility. Through her poignant and accessible poetry, Kuipers offers readers a profound exploration of these complex emotions, inviting them to reflect on their own experiences and relationships.

“I’m honored to receive the Isabella Gardner Award, a prize whose legacy feels directly tied to what Gardner herself called ‘the democracy of universal vulnerability,’” said Kuipers. “I hope these poems bring to readers what their writing of them provided for me: an opportunity to grapple with the failure of empathy while working to create possibilities for the excavation of humility and mutual responsibility.”

Keetje Kuipers is the author of three previous books of poems from BOA Editions: Beautiful in the Mouth (2010), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize; The Keys to the Jail (2014); and All Its Charms (2019). Her work has been featured in Best American Poetry, Narrative, American Poetry Review, Orion, Prairie Schooner, The Writer’s Almanac, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series. Kuipers has held numerous fellowships and residencies, including the Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Bread Loaf’s Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship. She lives with her wife and daughter on an island in the Salish Sea and is a faculty member at Seattle’s Hugo House and Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest.

For more information about Keetje Kuipers, to inquire about a review copy, or to schedule an interview, please contact Benjamin Thompson at 860-716-6248 or

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