The 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship winners have been announced by the Poetry Foundation and Poetry Magazine. These five winners were selected from thousands to receive not only the honor of winning, but a grant to continue studying and writing poetry. All of the winners will be featured in the November issue of Poetry. These poets are certain to be up-and-coming in the literary scene.
Olivia Clare was born in New York and raised in Louisiana. She received a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared in Southern Review, London Magazine, Poetry, FIELD, and other journals.
T. Zachary Cotler was born in Passaic, New Jersey, in 1981. He received a BA from Cornell University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His first collection of poems is House with a Dark Sky Roof (2011), and he has just completed the novel Ghost at the Loom. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Narrative, and elsewhere. He is a founding editor of The Winter Anthology.
Farnoosh Fathi was born in 1981 in Lafayette, Louisiana, to Iranian parents and raised in California. She has a master’s degree from New York University and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston. Her poems, translations, and prose have appeared in Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, Circumference, Jacket2, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere.
Allison Seay was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1980. She earned a BA from Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington) and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she later worked as assistant director of the MFA program and associate editor of The Greensboro Review. Her writing has been published in such journals as The Southern Review and Pleiades, among others.
Marcus Wicker was born in 1984 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received a BA from Western Michigan University and an MFA from Indiana University. A recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Center, he has published poems in Poetry, Beloit, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere.