The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Poetry

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For a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to “The Best of It: New and Selected Poems,” by Kay Ryan (Grove Press), a body of work spanning 45 years, witty, rebellious and yet tender, a treasure trove of an iconoclastic and joyful mind.


Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University, presents the 2011 Poetry prize to Kay Ryan.

Finalists

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: “The Common Man,” by Maurice Manning (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a rich, often poignant collection of poems rooted in a rural Kentucky experiencing change in its culture and landscape; and “Break the Glass,” by Jean Valentine (Copper Canyon Press), a collection of imaginative poems in which small details can accrue great power and a reader is never sure where any poem might lead.