UCSD professor laureate of Pulitzer Prize for Poety

13:03, April 13, 2010      

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University of California San Diego(UCSD) professor and famed poet Rae Armantrout has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poety on Monday for her poetry "Versed", her 10th collection.

Born in Vallejo but grew up in San Diego, California, Armantrout has taught at UCSD where she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics for almost 20 years. A recipient of numerous other awards for her poetry, Armantrout has published many books of poetry including "Next Life," which was selected by The New York Times as a notable book of 2007.

"Versed" is "striking for its wit and linguistic inventiveness" and the poems were "often little thought-bombs detonating in the mind long after the first reading," the Pulitzer board said.

She was awarded the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award for the latest book of poetry which is published by the Wesleyan University Press in March. The poetry collection is notable for the way Armantrout plays with language, her wit, and the way she writes about her experience living with cancer. Half of the book was written after Armantrout was diagnosed with cancer of the adrenal gland. Titled "Dark Matter," the second chapter explores Armantrout's experiences and thoughts as she coped with the starkness of treatment, recovery and her own mortality.

Armantrout was so surprised and excited, she has been in complete shock when she heard the news, according to news reports. Armantrout had just taken a bath, was drying her hair for a lunch appointment before she got a phone call telling her that she's won a Pulitzer Prize.

The prize carries a 10,000 dollar award for her.



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