Tufts Poetry Awards 2014 Winners & Finalists

Kingsley Tufts Award Winner

Afaa Michael Weaver

The Government of Nature
(University of Pittsburgh Press)


Kate Tufts Discovery Award Winner

Yona Harvey

Hemming the Water
(Four Way Books)

Photo of Afaa Michael Weaver

Afaa Michael Weaver (born Michael S. Weaver) is a native of Baltimore, where he was a factory worker for fifteen years. The Government of Nature is his twelfth collection of poetry; his latest A Hard Summation, is due this summer from Central Square Press. Also a playwright, his new play is GRIP. He has received two Pushcart Awards, the May Sarton Award, and the PDI Award in playwriting from ETA Creative Arts Foundation. He has received fellowships from the NEA, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Pew Foundation, and a Fulbright appointment to Taiwan. As a translator, he works in Chinese. Afaa completed his graduate work in creative writing at Brown University. He also acted in the film A String of Pearls. He teaches at Simmons College, and is a visiting faculty member at Drew University.

Photo of Yona Harvey

Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection Hemming the Water. Her poetry and prose have appeared in jubilat, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Rattle, The Volta and elsewhere. Her honors include a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency and an Individual Artist Grant in Literary Nonfiction from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Harvey collaborated with poet and visual artist Vanessa German to create “It’s Out of My Hands” and “Calpurnia (Rules)” as part of Ms. German’s exhibition 21st Century Juju: New Magic, Soul Gadgets, and Reckoning. She is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.


Kingsley Tufts Award Finalists

Brenda Shaughnessy
, Our Andromeda
(Copper Canyon Press)

Brian Teare, Companion Grasses


Kate Tufts Award Finalists

Kim Young
, Night Radio
(University of Utah Press)

Leila Wilson, The Hundred Grasses
(Milkweed Editions)

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