In SummaryPoet Patricia Smith won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize lifetime achievement, a $100,000 honor given by the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation.
American poet and author Patricia Smith won a $100k Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. According to Poetry Foundation, Smith has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives.”
According to ABC News Bryan Byrdlong, Steven Espada Dawson, Noor Hindi, Natasha Rao and Simon Smith are five emerging poets who were named Poetry Fellows and will each receive sums of $25,800.
“Every one of these extraordinary writers is a credit to the art form, each bringing their own unique experiences and approaches to enrich the literary landscape,” Michelle T. Boone, President of the Poetry Foundation, said in a statement. “It is a joyous occasion to be able to celebrate artists in poetic lineage with one another, what they’ve created thus far, and what is yet to come.”
Smith has made her legacy and now works as an English professor for the City University of New York, as well as being a creative writing lecturer at Princeton University.