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TROUBLE THE WATER a finalist for 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award

We are thrilled to announce that Derrick Austin’s Trouble the Water has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award by Claremont Graduate University. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, honors the "first poetry volume published the previous year by a poet of particular promise."

According to Lori Anne Ferrell, director of the Tufts awards, "Poetry has the power to remind us of what is truly significant, worthy, and lasting in our culture. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards at CGU, and once again we honor the careers of talented poets, both new and mid-career, who are finalists for these distinguished awards. Their voices—diverse, compassionate, challenging—represent America at its best."

Austin's Trouble the Water was selected by National Book Award-winning poet Mary Szybist for the 2015 A. Poulin, Jr. Prize, sponsored by BOA Editions. He is a Cave Canem fellow, Pushcart Prize-nominee, and four-time Best New Poets nominee who earned his MFA in Poetry at the University of Michigan. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, Callaloo, Nimrod, Puerto Del Sol, and elsewhere. He is the current Ron Wallace Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

Winners will be announced in February and recognized at the 25th Annual Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Mark Taper Auditorium of the Los Angeles Public Library. 

Click here for additional information about the Tufts awards, this year’s judging panel, and the full list of finalists.

Trouble the Water is available now at the BOA Bookstore

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