Sharon Olds wins Academy of American Poets’ Wallace Stevens prize


Jonathan Cape
poet Sharon Olds has been awarded the $100,000 Academy of American Poets’ prestigious Wallace Stevens Award for ‘proven mastery in the art of poetry’.

Judges praised her work for its ‘candour and clarity’ and for having given younger female poets ‘permission to speak’. Fellow poet Mark Doty, chancellor of the Academy, called Olds ‘an American master and a national treasure’. Previous award winners include Adrienne Rich, Yusef Komunyakaa and Mark Strand.

Sharon Olds also won the TS Eliot prize and the Pulitzer for her last collection of poetry, Stag’s Leap.

Last week Vintage published her latest collection of poetry Odes, which she will discuss in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Front Row this Wednesday.

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