Arthur Sze

1995 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry

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Arthur Sze has published 12 books of poetry, including The Glass Constellation; Sight Lines, which won the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry; Compass Rose, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; The Ginkgo Light, winner of a PEN Southwest Book Award and a Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award;& Quipu; The Redshifting Web, selected for a Balcones Poetry Prize and an Asian American Literary Award; and Archipelago, selected for an American Book Award. He published a book of Chinese poetry translations, The Silk Dragon, which was selected for a Western States Book Award, and edited Chinese Writers on Writing. His collection of bilingual Chinese/English poems, Pig’s Heaven Inn, was published in Beijing.

Sze is the recipient of many honors, including the 2021 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers, a Lannan Literary Award, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, and five grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. A former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets (2012–2017) and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts and was the first poet laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives.

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