Elly Bookman ’09 won the 2010 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for her poem “Another Thing I’d Rather Not Know About Myself,” which was featured on the back cover of the September/October 2010 American Poetry Review. “It’s very unusual,” said Assistant Professor of English (creative writing) and poet Adrian Blevins, who noted that most poets never make the feature page of APR, and that those who do usually appear much later in their careers.
The first-ever Kunitz prize, named after the American poet who died at age 100 in 2006, was presented to Bookman, who won Colby’s Katherine Rogers Murray Prize for Original Poetry as a sophomore, according to Blevins. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Bookman was enrolled in the highly regarded M.F.A. program at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro this fall.