The Academy of American Poets has awarded Pulitzer Prize-winner and former poet laureate Robert Hass the 2014 Wallace Stevens Award. The award, given annually to "recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry," comes $100,000.
Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997, and in addition to the Pulitzer, his honors include a National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the William Carlos Williams Award. A former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, he is distinguished professor in poetry and poetics at the University of California, Berkeley.
The organization also honored Tracy K. with the Academy of American Poets Fellowship. The prize recognizes "distinguished poetic achievement," and carries a $25,000 stipend. Smith’s most recent collection, Life on Mars, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.
Rigoberto González’s Unpeopled Eden was awarded the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, which also comes with $25,000. The award recognizes an outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year.
The recipients will be honored at the American Poets Prizes ceremony on October 17 at The New School in New York City. For a full list of winners, click here.