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Pitt professor wins top prize for poetry

| Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, 9:36 p.m.

Lynn Emanuel, a University of Pittsburgh professor of English, has been awarded the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, which recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year, the university announced Wednesday.

The prize from the Academy of American Poets honors Emanuel's most recent book of poetry, “The Nerve of It: Poems New and Selected,” a collection of more than 60 poems published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

“This honor is a marvelous affirmation of one's work. When I look at the company I'm in, I feel humbled,” Emanuel said in a statement. The prize's past winners include poets C.D. Wright, Donald Revell and Adrienne Rich.

“The Nerve of It” is Emanuel's fifth book of poetry. She teaches poetry and is the director of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series.

She earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop; a master's degree from the City College of New York; and a bachelor's degree from Bennington College.

The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize is named for the essayist, novelist, poet and political activist and includes a $25,000 award.

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