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New Letters, BkMk Press Poets Receive Awards


Two Native American poets who recently published work in a special New Letters/BkMk Press joint project were honored with major national awards during National Poetry Month in April.

Joy Harjo won the $65,000 Jackson Poetry Prize from the Poets & Writers organization, given annually to a poet who deserves wider recognition. Kim Shuck won a $100,000 Poet Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets as part of a new Mellon Foundation-funded initiative. She is poet laureate of San Francisco.

Harjo and Shuck appeared in New Letters vol. 82, no. 1, and then in the BkMk Press anthology The World Is One Place and on UMKC’s nationally syndicated public radio program New Letters on the Air as part of a National Endowment for the Arts-funded project featuring Native American poets who visited the Middle East. Shuck’s visual art also appeared in New Letters and on the cover of the BkMk anthology.

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