Dorianne Laux: 2020 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Dorianne Laux was recently selected as a 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry for Only As The Day Is Long: New and Selected Poems (W.W. Norton, 2019). She was also recently elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. This distinction is shared by just 115 poets since the board’s formation in 1946 and includes fellow faculty members Ellen Bass and Kwame Dawes.
Laux will consult with the organization on matters of artistic programming, act as an ambassador of the poetry world at large, and serve as a judge for the organization’s largest legacy prizes for poets. Fellow Academy Chancellor Marie Howe says of Laux, “She has always been brave, writing into shadowed subjects to shine the light there. Her poems are fierce incantations to staying alive; necessary and indelible.”