The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners


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

Awarded to "Life on Mars," by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf Press), a collection of bold, skillful poems, taking readers into the universe and moving them to an authentic mix of joy and pain.

Tracy K. Smith

Gregory Moore, co-chair of The Pulitzer Prize Board, presents the 2012 Poetry Prize to Tracy K. Smith.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "Core Samples from the World," by Forrest Gander (New Directions), a compelling work that explores cross-cultural tensions in the world and digs deeply to identify what is essential in human experience; and "How Long," by Ron Padgett (Coffee House Press), an enchanting collection of poems that juggle delight, wit and endless fascination with language.