Hooray for Alice Notley, Winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize!

The Poetry Foundation announced today that Alice Notley has been awarded the 2015 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.  This is a pretty big deal in poetry-land.  As the press release puts it: “Presented annually to a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets. At $100,000, it is also one of the nation’s largest literary prizes.”

Over at Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog, there’s some high praise for Notley’s work from Don Share, the editor of Poetry magazine, and Robert Polito, the president of the Poetry Foundation:

“In the true American vein, Alice Notley’s work has created and nourished a line of deeply democratic work in poetry and prose that is as extensive as it is uncategorizable,” says Don Share, editor of Poetry magazine. “Her writing is fresh year after year in a career spanning four decades. Like Whitman, she is simultaneously one of a kind and a poet for each of us: an exemplary, humane, and ultimately essential writer.”

Robert Polito, president of the Poetry Foundation, goes on to say, “The range, comprehensiveness, and empathetic imagination of Alice Notley’s poems are among the major astonishments of contemporary poetry. Book by surprising book, she reinvents not only herself as a poet, but also what it means for anyone to write a poem at this volatile moment in our history.”

To coincide with this big news, the Poetry Foundation has also posted an interview and a podcast featuring Notley.

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