Jeff Smith 11:59 p.m., Feb. 8
Reader Columnist W.S. Di Piero Wins Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
W.S. Di Piero writes a fine column on the visual arts for the Reader, but that's just a sideline. His day job is poetry. Today, The Poetry Foundation announced that it had selected Di Piero as the recipient of the 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The award, established in 1986, is given to a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition. Previous recipients have included such notables as John Ashberry, Gary Snyder, Richard Wilbur, and the recently deceased Adrienne Rich. It is, as they say, kind of a big deal.
The Reader would like to extend its wholehearted congratulations to Mr. Di Piero. Interested souls may find a locally flavored sample of Mr. Di Piero's work - "'Pacific Surfliner' Now Arriving San Diego" - here.
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