Matthea Harvey, Brooklyn-based poet and Sarah Lawrence College faculty member, has been awarded the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award by Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA in recognition of her latest collection of poetry entitled "Modern Life". The $100,000 prize will be awarded in a ceremony at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles on April 23.
The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award was established in 1992 by Kate Tufts, to honor the work of her husband, poet and writer Kingsley Tufts. The award is given annually to honor a poet who is established but still considered ‘mid-career'. Harvey is the second Brooklyn-based poet in a row so-honored following last year's recipient Tom Sleigh.
"This is poetry's biggest prize," said Carol Zoref, faculty member in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. "Matthea is the new face of serious poetry."
Harvey's work includes the poetry collections "Sad Little Breathing Machine" (2004) and "Pity the Bathtub its Forced Embrace of the Human Form" (2000). "Modern Life", published in 2007, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Harvey is also the author of the children's book "The Little General and the Giant Snowflake" and is a contributing editor for jubilat and BOMB.
Harvey received her B.A. from Harvard College and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has taught at Warren Wilson College, the Pratt Institute, and the University of Houston and is currently a faculty member in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.