Simmons Professor Wins Prestigious Poetry Prize

Afaa Michael Weaver, an English professor at Simmons College (Mass.), has been awarded the Pushcart Prize, one of the most prestigious honors, for his poem “American Income.”

The poem, which was included in his 2007 collection of poetry, The Plum Flower Dance, will be published in “Pushcart Prize XXXII: Best of the Small Presses” in December. Weaver is known for his p o i g n a n t observations and portrayals of Black history and culture, among other things.

Pushcart Prize winners are chosen from thousands of nominations from small magazines and presses worldwide.

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