Recipients of the Poetry Prize in Honor of May Sarton
- Vanesha Pravin teaches at the University of California, Merced, and her poems have appeared in Slate, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Many Mountains Moving, Prodigal, and Phoebe.
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- Arda Collins – Arda Collins is a candidate in the Ph.D. program in poetry
at the University of Denver. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers'
Workshop, where she was a Glenn Schaeffer Fellow. Her poems have been published
in The New Yorker, A Public Space, The American Poetry Review
and elsewhere. Her collection of poems, It Is Daylight won the 2008 Yale
Series of Younger Poets Award, and is forthcoming from Yale University Press.
- Matthew Dickman – Matthew Dickman is the author of "All-American Poem," winner
of the 2008 APR/Honickman first book prize from the American Poetry Review and Copper
Canyon Press. His work has recently appeared in Tin House, The Boston Review,
The American Poetry Review, Dossier Magazine, and The New Yorker.
He has received fellowships or residencies from Oregon Literary Arts, the Michener
Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, the Breadloaf Writers Conference,
the Vermont Studio Center, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
- Dawn Lundy Martin – An assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh,
Martin is a founding member of the Black Took Collective, a group of experimental
black poets; co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation; and co-editor of The Fire This
Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism (Anchor Books, 2004). Her books
include The Morning Hour, a collection of poems that was selected in 2003
for the Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship, and A Matter of
Gathering / A Gathering of Matter (University of Georgia Press, 2007), which
won the 2006 Cave Canem Book Prize. Her work has appeared in Hambone, FENCE,
nocturnes, Encyclopedia, and Callaloo.
- Meghan O’Rourke – O’Rourke grew up in Brooklyn, where she now lives. After
earning her B.A. from Yale University in 1997, she joined The New Yorker
as an editorial assistant and became an editor there in 2000. In 2005 she was named
poetry co-editor of the Paris Review. She is the 2005 recipient of the Union
League Civil and Arts Award. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The New Yorker,
The New Republic, Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New York Times
Book Review, and elsewhere. Her first book of poems, Halflife, was
published by W. W. Norton in 2007.
- Matthew Zapruder – Zapruder is the author of two collections of poetry:
American Linden, published by Tupelo Press in 2002; and The Pajamaist,
published by Copper Canyon in 2006. The Pajamaist was winner of the William Carlos
Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and was chosen by Library Journal
as one of the top ten poetry volumes of 2006. German and Slovenian language editions
of his poems are forthcoming from Luxbooks and Serpa Editions. Luxbooks is also
publishing a separate German language graphic novel version of the poem "The Pajamaist."
An editor for Wave Books, Zapruder teaches in the low residency MFA program at the
University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert and at the Juniper Summer Writing
Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2007 he was a Lannan Literary
Fellow in Marfa Texas. He lives in San Francisco.