BARBARA JANE REYES WINS THE 2005 JAMES LAUGHLIN AWARD
Barbara Jane Reyes has been selected as the recipient of the 2005 James Laughlin Award for her second collection of poems, Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press). The James Laughlin Award is given to commend and support a poetâ€™s second book of poetry. The award was established by a gift to the Academy from the Drue Heinz Trust in honor of the poet and publisher James Laughlin (1914â€“1997). Ms. Reyes will receive a cash prize of $5,000, and the Academy will purchase copies of Poeta en San Francisco for distribution to its members. This yearâ€™s judges were James Longenbach, Mary Jo Bang, and Elizabeth Alexander.
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From the judgeâ€™s citation for the James Laughlin Award:
“If William Blake were alive and well and sitting on a eucalyptus branch in the hills above the bay, this is the poetry he would aspire to write.” â€”James Longenbach