Jane Huffman Wins Prestigious Poetry Prize for Debut Collection

Poet Jane Huffman wins the 2023 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for her debut collection "Public Abstract". She will receive a $3,000 cash award and publication of her book in September 2023.

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Jane Huffman Wins Prestigious Poetry Prize for Debut Collection

Jane Huffman Wins Prestigious Poetry Prize for Debut Collection

Poet Jane Huffman has been awarded the 2023 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for her debut poetry collection, "Public Abstract". The prestigious award, given annually by The American Poetry Review, recognizes an outstanding first book of poetry by an American poet.

Huffman's collection was selected from hundreds of submissions by this year's guest judge, acclaimed poet Jericho Brown. In a statement about the winning book, Brown praised Huffman's "stunning and surprising language that engages with the world we live in while building its own innovative landscape."

"Public Abstract" grapples with themes of identity, memory, and the complexities of human relationships. Huffman's poems are known for their vivid imagery, emotional resonance, and deft wordplay that challenges readers' perceptions.

As the winner of the APR/Honickman Prize, Huffman will receive a $3,000 cash award and publication of her book by The American Poetry Review in partnership with Copper Canyon Press. "Public Abstract" is slated for release in September 2023.

Jane Huffman holds an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The APR/Honickman First Book Prize has a distinguished track record of launching careers of promising new poets. Previous winners include Natalie Diaz, Yona Harvey, and Donika Kelly, all of whom have gone on to receive widespread acclaim.

With the public release of "Public Abstract" this fall, readers will have the opportunity to discover Jane Huffman's unique poetic voice. Her debut collection heralds the arrival of a major new talent in American poetry.

Key Takeaways

  • Jane Huffman wins 2023 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for "Public Abstract".
  • Judge Jericho Brown praises Huffman's "stunning and surprising language".
  • "Public Abstract" explores identity, memory, and human relationships.
  • Huffman receives $3,000 and publication by Copper Canyon Press.
  • Book release slated for September 2023.