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LSU Press Collection Wins Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize

Judge Calls T. R. Hummer’s “Ephemeron” “Boldly Imagined”

04/11/2012 10:47 AM

BATON ROUGE – “Ephemeron,” by LSU Press author T.R. Hummer, received this year’s Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, or MIAL, Poetry Prize. The MIAL awards recognize the “artistic achievements of living Mississippians.”


“Ephemeron” was selected as the winner by poet Joshua Weiner, who called the collection “an ambitious, distinctive book.” “Ephemeron” also recently won the Faculty Achievement Award for Best Performance or Artwork at Arizona State University.


Hummer is the author of nine books of poetry, including “The Infinity Sessions” and “Bluegrass Wasteland: Selected Poems.” He has been editor of Kenyon Review, New England Review and Georgia Review. A native of Mississippi and longtime devotee and practitioner of jazz, he lives in Phoenix, where he teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.


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