Writing Faculty Member Kevin Pilkington Awarded the IPPY National Bronze Medal in Poetry for 2017

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Sarah Lawrence writing faculty member and poet Kevin Pilkington was awarded the 2017 IPPY Award’s (Independent Publisher Book Awards) National Bronze Medal in Poetry for his collection Where You Want to Be: New and Selected Poems published by Black Lawrence Press.

Launched in 1996 and conducted each year the IPPY Awards honor the year's best independently published books, recognize merit in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who "take chances and break new ground," according to an Awards statement. “Independent publishers play an important role in the world of books, offering an alternative to ‘the big five’ conglomerated media publishers. Thanks to small presses, university presses, and self-publishing services that give experimental and entrepreneurial authors a platform, the IPPY universe is rapidly expandingand that gives adventurous readers an abundance of choices.”

IPPY medal-winning books will be celebrated on May 30 during the annual BookExpo publishing convention in New York City, with gold, silver, and bronze IPPY medallions awarded in 83 national, 24 regional, and ten e-book categories. This year's contest drew 5,000 entries, and medals will go to authors and publishers from 43 US states, seven Canadian provinces, and 15 countries overseas.

Kevin Pilkington received his BA from St. John’s University and MA from Georgetown University. He is the author of nine books of poetry, including: Spare Change (1997), which was the La Jolla Poets Press National Book Award winner; Ready to Eat the Sky (2004); In the Eyes of a Dog (2009), which won the New York Book Festival Award; and The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree (2011), which was a Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award finalist. Pilkington’s poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including: The Harvard Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Boston Review, Columbia, and North American Review. His debut novel, Summer Shares, was published in 2012; his collection Where You Want to Be: New and Selected Poems, in 2015.


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