Pew Fellow Afaa Michael Weaver Receives the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

14 Mar 2014


Afaa Michael Weaver. Photo by Lynda Kodish.

Afaa Michael Weaver (Pew Fellow, 1998) has received the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his collection The Government of Nature (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). The award, which comes with a $100,000 prize, is one of the most prestigious and substantial in the poetry community and has been awarded annually for over two decades. An awards ceremony will be held at Claremont Graduate University, which oversees the award, on April 10.

Carolyn Kellogg of the Los Angeles Times spoke with Chase Twichell, the prize's chief judge, who said: "'The Kingsley Tufts Award is one of the most prestigious prizes a poet can win, and I'm delighted to see it go to Afaa. He essentially invented himself from whole cloth as a poet. It's truly remarkable.'"

The award caps off a string of recent successes for Weaver, who also received his second Pushcart Prize last year for his poem, "Blues in Five/Four, the Violence in Chicago."