If you’re reading this and will be in New York on Thursday night, May 20, come cheer on GW creative writing Professor Jane Shore as she accepts the prestigious Poets’ Prize for her 2008 book A Yes-or-No Answer at the Nicholas Roerich Museum at 319 West 107 Street. The $3,000 prize is awarded to the best book of verse by an American in a given year. The Poets’ Prize is particularly special because the selection is done by other poets (hence: Poets’ Prize).
The prize motto? “We believe there is no greater honor than to be awarded a prize by a jury of one’s peers.”
A Yes-or-No Answer is Jane’s fifth book of poetry. Her previous collection, Music Minus One, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Jane has also won the Juniper Prize and the Lamont Poetry Prize. Look for an ad taken out by Jane’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin, to celebrate the award in Thursday’s New York Times.