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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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Scott Marks April 17, 2012 @ 3:30 p.m.

Mazel tov! This is indeed a great honor.


nan shartel April 18, 2012 @ 12:30 p.m.

thx for letting us know about this Scott...$100,000 bucks is something to crow about!!!


nan shartel April 17, 2012 @ 8:30 p.m.

congratulations Mr Di Piero

it would be nice to see some of your poetry here in the Reader from time to time


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