Fred Moten, a professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, is one of five finalists for the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, which is presented by Claremont Graduate University.
The $100,000 award honors a poet at mid-career and provides resources “that allow the artist to continue working toward the pinnacle of their craft,” the university said today in announcing the finalists.
Moten was nominated for the award, which is in its 24th year, for “The Little Edges” (Wesleyan University Press, 2014). “The Little Edges” is a collection of poems written in what the poet calls “shaped prose” – “a way of arranging prose in rhythmic blocks, or sometimes shards, in the interest of audio-visual patterning,” according to the publisher of the collection. “Shaped prose is a form that works the ‘little edges’ of lyric and discourse, and radiates out into the space between them.”
The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award was established at Claremont Graduate University by Kate Tufts to honor the memory of her husband, who held executive positions in the Los Angeles shipyards and wrote poetry as his avocation. The Kate Tufts Discovery Award, which recognizes a first book by a poet of genuine promise, was launched in 1993. Winners will be announced in March and recognized during a ceremony on April 7.
Claremont Graduate University is the graduate university of the Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges and two graduate institutions in Claremont, Calif.