2020 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award Winners
2020 Kingsley Tufts Poetry
Ariana Reines, A Sand Book (Tin House Books). Ariana Reines has been called one of the 100 best living writers by Flavorwire and “a crucial voice of her generation” by critic Michael Silverblatt. In addition to being an award-winning poet, Reines is also an Obie Award-winning playwright, performing artist, and translator. Currently a divinity student at Harvard University, Reines is also the author of The Cow, which received the 2006 Alberta Prize; Coeur de Lion; Mercury; and The Origin of the World.
2020 Kate Tufts Discovery
Tiana Clark, I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburg Press). Tiana Clark is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow and a recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize. She is also a winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Tennessee State University, where she studied Africana and women’s studies, Clark teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
2020 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award Finalists
2020 Kingsley Tufts Poetry
Monica Ferrell, You Darling Thing (Four Way Books). Monica Ferrell is the author of three books, most recently the poetry collection You Darling Thing (Four Way), a New York Times New & Noteworthy selection and a finalist for the Believer Book Award in Poetry. Her first collection of poems, Beasts for the Chase, was a finalist for the Asian American Writers Workshop Prize and won the Sarabande Books Kathryn A. Morton Prize. Her novel The Answer Is Always Yes (Dial Press/Random House) was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut Novels of the Year. She has taught for the MFA Programs at Columbia University and Bennington College, and is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Purchase College (SUNY). Born in New Delhi, India, she lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn.
Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press). Ilya Kaminsky was born in the former Soviet Union and is now an American citizen. He is the author of a previous poetry collection, Dancing in Odessa, and coeditor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. He has received a Whiting Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was named a finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.
Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Lima :: Limón (Copper Canyon Press). Natalie Scenters-Zapico is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, USA and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. She is the author of Lima :: Limón (Copper Canyon Press 2019) and The Verging Cities (Colorado State University 2015). Natalie has won awards and fellowships from PEN America, the Great Lakes Colleges Association, the Lannan Foundation (2017), CantoMundo (2015), and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation (2018). She is currently a professor at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
Brian Teare, Doomstead Days (Nightboat Books). Brian Teare is the author of six critically acclaimed books, most recently Doomstead Days, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His honors include the Brittingham Prize and Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle Awards, as well as fellowships from the NEA, the Pew Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. After over a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and eight years in Philadelphia, he’s now an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.
2020 Kate Tufts Discovery
Ángel García, Teeth Never Sleep (University of Arkansas Press) Ángel García, a proud son of Mexican immigrants, is the author of Teeth Never Sleep (University of Arkansas Press), winner of the 2018 CantoMundo Poetry Prize, winner of a 2019 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and a Finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award. His work can be found in American Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Huizache, Waxwing, The Acentos Review, Tinderbox, The Boiler, and The Good Men Project, among others. He currently lives in Lincoln, NE.
Valencia Robin, Ridiculous Light (Persea Books). Valencia Robin is a poet and visual artist. Her first collection of poems, Ridiculous Light, won Persea Books’ Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Poetry Books of 2019. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times, Poetry Daily, TriQuarterly, Foundry, the St. Petersburg Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Kweli, The Cortland Review and elsewhere. A co-director of the UVA Young Writers Workshop, her honors include the Hocking Hills Festival of Poetry Prize, a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship and scholarships from Cave Canem, Furious Flower, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Bennington College and the University of Michigan including the Center for the Education of Women. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan.
Ashley Toliver, Spectra (Coffee House Press). Ashley Toliver is the author of Spectra (Coffee House Press), winner of The Poetry Center Book Award and a finalist for the 2018 Believer Book Award. She teaches poetry at the The Attic Institute in southeast Portland and serves as poetry editor at Moss. A Journal of the Pacific Northwest. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, Oregon Literary Arts, and the Academy of American Poets. She received her MFA from Brown University in 2013.
Emily Jungmin Yoon, A Cruelty Special to Our Species (Ecco/Harper Collins). Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of A Cruelty Special to Our Species (Ecco, 2018), winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, and Ordinary Misfortunes (Tupelo, 2017), winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize. She is the translator of Against Healing (Tilted Axis, 2019), a chapbook of poems by Korean women writers. She has accepted awards and fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Aspen Institute, and elsewhere. She is the Poetry Editor for The Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and a PhD candidate in Korean literature at the University of Chicago.