Will Schutt Named 2012 Winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets

Yale University Press is pleased to announce a winner in the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The judge, prize-winning and critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips, has chosen Will Schutt’s manuscript, Westerly. Yale University Press will publish Schutt’s book in April 2013. The manuscript is Phillips’s second selection as judge. His first selection, Eduardo C. Corral’s Slow Lightning, will be published by Yale University Press on April 3, 2012.

Poet Will Schutt earned his BA from Oberlin College and his MFA from Hollins University. His poems and translations appear in Agni, FIELD, Harvard ReviewThe Southern Review and elsewhere. He lives with his wife in Wainscott, New York.

Awarded since 1919, the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize celebrates the most prominent new American poets by bringing the work of these artists to the attention of the larger public. Earlier winners of the prize include such talents as Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery, and Robert Hass. It is the longest-running poetry prize in the United States.

Yale University Press is also pleased to announce a new partnership with The James Merrill House. Beginning with the 2012 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets, winners of the Series will receive one of the five writing fellowships offered at The James Merrill House in Stonington, CT. The fellowship provides a furnished living space and daily access to James Merrill’s apartment for a writer in search of a quiet setting to complete a project of literary or academic merit.

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