to receive $10,000 Aiken Taylor Award for his poetry
Poet, novelist and essayist George Garrett, retiring this month
as the Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing in the English
department, has been chosen to receive the Aiken Taylor Award
for Modern American Poetry. The $10,000 prize, awarded to an American
poet to honor the work of a distinguished career, is presented
by the Sewanee Review, the nation's oldest literary quarterly.
The award, among the country's most prestigious for poetry, was
established in 1986 through a bequest to the University of the
South in Sewanee, Tenn., by K.P.A. Taylor, brother of the poet
Conrad Aiken. Previous winners of the prize have included Richard
Wilbur, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maxine Kumin and Wendell Berry.
has published seven volumes of poetry including most recently,
Days of Our Lives Lie in Fragments: New and Old Poems 1957-1997,
published by Louisiana State University Press. His Collected Poems
was published in 1984.