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Aiken Taylor Award
The Sewanee Review announces Mary Ruefle as the winner of the 2017 Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry. Ruefle has authored 12 books of poetry, including “My Private Property” (2016) and “Trances from the Blast” (2013), as well as two collections of prose, and other writings. She has received numerous other literary honors, including the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Whiting Award.
The 31st Aiken Taylor celebration will take place on March 1 and 2. On Wednesday, March 1, at 4:30 p.m., poet Michael Dickman, whose most recent collection, “Green Migraine,” was also published in 2016, will lecture on Ruefle’s poetry in Convocation Hall. At 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 2, also in Convocation Hall, University of the South Vice-Chancellor John McCardell and Adam Ross, editor-in-chief of the Sewanee Review, will present Ruefle with the award, after which she will give a reading of her work. Receptions will follow both events.