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Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award to D.A. Powell

February 15, 2010

Congratulations to Workshop alumnus D.A. Powell, (MFA 1996), winner of the 2010 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award from Claremont Graduate University, for Chronic, his fourth collection of poems, published by Graywolf Press. Last year's winner was Workshop alumna Matthea Harvey (MFA 1998).

Chronic was named a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly and The Los Angeles Times. On January 23, it was named a finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry, his second nomination for this award (the first was for Cocktails, published in 2004). 

In a review in The Los Angeles Times last year, John Freeman described Powell as "a modern romantic: obsessed, enraged and turned about by love. His language is infiltrated by songs, phrases from movies, the treacle-sweet soundtracks of so many musicals. 'Love,' he writes in one poem, 'is the chorus waiting to be born.' "

D.A. Powell was selected for this award by final judges Linda Gregerson, Ted Genoways, Paul Muldoon, Carl Phillips, and Charles Harper Webb. The $100,000 prize was established in 1992 to honor work by a midcareer poet, "to both honor the poet and provide the resources that allow artists to continue working towards the pinnacle of their craft." The award grants the world’s largest monetary prize for a single collection of poetry.

For more information:
Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Claremont Graduate University
Graywolf Press: D.A. Powell Wins Kingsley Tufts Prize
Book Review: Chronic, by D.A. Powell
Finalists for 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award