Jorie Graham Wins the Forward Prize for Best Collection | 11-Oct-12
Jorie Graham Wins the Forward Prize for Best Collection.
Jorie Graham was awarded the 2012 Forward Prize for Best Collection for Place at a ceremony on Monday 1 October in Somerset House, London.
Jorie Graham is the first woman to be awarded the honour in eight years, and the first American ever to win the £10,000 prize. Leonie Rushforth, chair of the judges, described Place as, 'a challenging collection of unusual force and originality, forging connections between inner experience and a world in crisis.'
On hearing of her prize win, Jorie Graham announced: 'I am honored to be among these truly excellent poets and wish one of us did not have to be singled out - each language, each voice, so unique. Perhaps none more so than Geoffrey Hill, who has taught me so much, deeply, over the years. I thank the Committee of Judges for having honored American English alongside these other forms of our miraculous language. And for bringing the community of poets from the anglophone world ever more intimately into conversation. May we hear each other, may we listen to each other, in these urgent times. I take this prize on behalf of that Community.'
Click here to read more about the Forward prize in the Guardian.