Poet Wins Morse Prize

Posted: January 17, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jennifer Atkinson, English, won the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize from Northeastern University. In addition to receiving a cash prize, Atkinson will see her second collection, The Drowned City & Other Poems, published by Northeastern University Press this fall.

Atkinson received a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, and an M.F.A. in poetry writing and an M.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She is the author of The Dogwood Tree, which won the University of Alabama Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Alabama Press in 1990. Her poetry and nonfiction can be seen in Poetry, Field, The Yale Review, The New England Review, Threepenny Review, Shenandoah, The Iowa Review, Image, and elsewhere. Both her poetry and her nonfiction have been honored with the Pushcart Prize. She taught in Nepal and Japan and at the University of Iowa and Washington University before joining the faculty of George Mason.

The Morse Prize was established in 1983 and is awarded annually to the manuscript of a first or second book of poems by a U.S. poet. Books in the Morse series have received awards for design and content, including the Norma Farber First Book Award and the Tufts Award.

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