In April 2011, Vanderbilt poet Kate Daniels received the 2011 Hanes Award for Poetry by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, an award for outstanding literary achievement by a Southern poet. Born and raised in Richmond Virginia, Daniels has spent much of her teaching career in the South: three years at each the University of Virginia and Louisiana State and 15 years at Vanderbilt.
Poet Kate Daniels
Daniels received the award and read from her work at the annual FSW Conference on Southern Literature in Chatta- nooga. Previous winners of the Haynes Award for Poetry include Yusef Komunyakaa and Ellen Bryant Voigt.
The Fellowship of Southern Writers (FSW), founded in 1987 by a group of distinguished Southern writers, claims as its purpose to recognize and encourage literature in the South. FSW founding members included: Cleanth Brooks, Fred Chappell, James Dickey, Shelby Foote, John Hope Franklin, Walker Percy, Reynolds Price, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and C. Vann Woodward.
The Fellowship is composed of 50 active members. To be considered for membership a writer must have been born and raised, or have resided for a significant part of his or her life in the South (or have written works that in character and spirit embody aspects of the Southern experience). Current members of FSW include: Madison Smartt Bell, Wendell Berry, Rita Dove, Gail Godwin, Allan Gurganus, Mary Lee Settle, Dave Smith, Eleanor Ross Taylor, Henry Taylor, and Charles Wright.
Daniels is the author of four books of poetry, The White Wave, The Niobe Poems, Four Testimonies, and, most recently, A Walk in Victoria’s Secret, released in November 2010. The White Wave received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry. She has also edited a volume of poems by Muriel Rukeyser and co-edited Of Solitude and Silence: Writings on Robert Bly.
Her honors include the James Dickey Prize for Poetry from Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art, the Louisiana Literature Prize for Poetry from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Bunting Fellowship from what is now called the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.