Alice Notley Wins the Ruth Lilly Prize

My dear teacher, Alice Notley, who I spent three weeks with in 2007 at the Atlantic Center for the Arts just won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. It is huge and it is long overdue.  Alice is, in a word, a genius. The kind that works incredibly hard and lives her art every day. The kind that is so innovative that you can’t keep up–every book something new, exciting, unexpected. Reading her and seeing her read you are left crying and breathless.

I’m so happy for her today and for poetry. Sometimes it feels like the true radicals are always relegated to the margins. What bliss to see someone so phenomenal and uncompromising given the kind of spotlight she wildly deserves.

Congrats, Alice.