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Tiana Clark, MFA ’17, wins Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize

Posted by on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in Awards, News.

MFA graduate Tiana Clark has won the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for her forthcoming debut poetry collection I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (Fall 2018, University of Pittsburgh Press). The prize is awarded to one first full-length collection of poems each year.

Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Her first full-length collection, I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming 2018), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. She is the winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, 2016 Academy of American Poets University Prize, and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from the New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Best New Poets 2015, BOAAT, Crab Orchard Review, Muzzle Magazine, Thrush, The Journal, and elsewhere. She recently graduated from Vanderbilt’s M.F.A. program where she served as the poetry editor of the Nashville Review. She is currently the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. In the fall of 2018, she will be teaching creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.