Graduate Center Doctoral Student Gregory Pardlo Wins Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

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Graduate Center Doctoral Student Gregory Pardlo Wins Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

NEW YORK, April 21, 2015 – Graduate Center doctoral candidate Gregory Pardlo, author of Digest, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

The judges cited Pardlo’s “clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st Century America, rich with thought, ideas, and histories public and private.”

Pardlo’s first book, Totem, received the American Poetry Review/ Honickman Prize in 2007. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, and Tin House, as well as in anthologies including Angles of Ascent, the Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and two editions of Best American Poetry.

He is also the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a fellowship for translation from the National Endowment for the Arts.

An associate editor of Callaloo, Pardlo is a teaching fellow in Undergraduate Writing at Columbia University. He is currently writing his dissertation for the Ph.D. Program in English at the Graduate Center.

About the Graduate Center
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Submitted on: APR 21, 2015

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