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<b>In Memoriam - Lucille Clifton</b>

<b>In Memoriam - Lucille Clifton</b>

Former Maryland Poet Laureate dies at 73

March 30, 2010Arts Across Maryland

Former Maryland Poet Laureate (1979-1985) and Columbia resident, Lucille Clifton, 73, died Saturday at Johns Hopkins, after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses.

Her many honors include two Pulitzer Prize nominations, an Emmy Award from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a Lannan Literary Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Shelley Memorial Award, the YM-YWHA Poetry Center Discovery Award, a National Book Award in 2001 for “Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000,” and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2007, one of the most prestigious awards that can be won by an American Poet. She was the first African-American woman to win this award.

She was a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Ms. Clifton published 11 poetry collections and 20 children’s books. Her work is widely anthologized.

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Click here to read the Press Release from St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Click here to listen to a reading of “Blessing the Boats” and other poems.