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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Barbara Jane Reyes Wins James Laughlin Award


Barbara Jane Reyes has been selected as the recipient of the 2005 James Laughlin Award for her second collection of poems, Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press). The James Laughlin Award is given to commend and support a poet’s second book of poetry. The award was established by a gift to the Academy from the Drue Heinz Trust in honor of the poet and publisher James Laughlin (1914–1997). Ms. Reyes will receive a cash prize of $5,000, and the Academy will purchase copies of Poeta en San Francisco for distribution to its members. This year’s judges were James Longenbach, Mary Jo Bang, and Elizabeth Alexander.

Ms. Reyes was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her undergraduate education at the University of California Berkeley and her MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) at San Francisco State University. Her work was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and appears or is forthcoming in Asian Pacific American Journal, Chain, Interlope, Nocturnes (Re)view, North American Review, Tinfish, Versal, in the anthologies Babaylan (Aunt Lute, 2000), Eros Pinoy (Anvil, 2001), Going Home to a Landscape (Calyx, 2003), Not Home But Here (Anvil, 2003), Pinoy Poetics (Meritage, 2004), and forthcoming in Red Light: Superheroes, Saints and Sluts (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp, 2005), and Graphic Poetry (Hong Kong: Victionary, 2005). Her first book, Gravities of Center, was published by Arkipelago Books (San Francisco) in 2003.

From the judge’s citation for the James Laughlin Award: “If William Blake were alive and well and sitting on a eucalyptus branch in the hills above the bay, this is the poetry he would aspire to write.” —James Longenbach

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How fuckng cool is that? I told you it was great news. Way to go Barbara!

11 comments:

Wendy Wisner said...

OMG! I'm on the edge of my seat!

barbara jane said...

i love surprises, eudardo!

;-)

C. Dale said...

You are such a tease!

oscar said...

on pins and needles over here

lookin forward to it

Ivy said...

What is it?

Lorna Dee Cervantes said...

Tell! Tell! Dígame.

Lorna Dee Cervantes said...

I can't wait. Major big news for Rigo?

C. Dale said...

You really are a tease! Shame on you. Come on. Give it up!

Charles said...

Now who's the cock tease, biyotch?

Laurel said...

Ar! Yer driving me nuts...

(like the pirate said)

Lorna Dee Cervantes said...

How do you get the inside scoop, eh?

Too big a deal! This is great news.