Patricia Smith wins Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

By Globe Staff 

Kudos to poet Patricia Smith, whose collection “Incendiary Art: Poems by Patricia Smith” has won the prestigious 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. (The $100,000 prize, given annually by Claremont Graduation University, is the largest cash prize for a collection of poetry in the world.) Unlike many other literary awards, which honor a career retrospectively, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given at mid-career to reward a specific work and also provide financial resources to allow writers to continue to hone their craft. Past winners include Ross Gay, Angie Estes, Marianne Boruch, Rodney Jones, and Yusef Komunyakaa. In “Incendiary Art,” Smith chronicles violence committed against black men, including the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till. A former Globe columnist, Smith was a 2014 Guggenheim fellow, a 2012 fellow at both MacDowell and Yaddo, a two-time Pushcart Prize winner, and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam.