Rickey Laurentiis ’11 and Tommy Pico ’06 Named 2018 Whiting Award Winners

Poets Rickey Laurentiis ’11, whose poems “trace the complex relationships among power, freedom, and violence with both sinuous lyricism and urgent declamation,” and Tommy Pico ’06, who “writes poetry of rare brilliance, assured in form and forceful in its interrogation of myth and cultural expectations and self” have been named two of the 10 Whiting Award Winners for 2018. The Whiting Awards are granted to diverse, emerging writers whose achievement early in their careers promises superior literary work to come.