In his song “Hate Me Now” (featuring Puff Daddy) , Nas brags:
Bitches, honeys that swollen to riches, Nas get in ya
Most critically acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winner
While we don’t doubt that Nas has lots of honeys attracted to his money, he has never actually won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry. Our next guest at the Poetry Ruckus, however, did win a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for her Poetry. In our estimation, this would make Rae Armantrout cooler than Nas and Puff Daddy combined. Here’s a short list of Rae Armantrout’s accolades from wikipedia.org:
On March 11, 2010, Armantrout was awarded the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award for her book of poetry Versed published by the Wesleyan University Press, which had also been nominated for the National Book Award. The book later earned the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Armantrout’s most recent collection, Just Saying, was published in February 2013. She is the recipient of numerous other awards for her poetry, including an award in poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008.
Rae is a professor of Poetry and Poetics at UCSD and a long time San Diego local. She is an original member of the West Coast Language poets group and her most recent book is titled, Just Saying.
We’ll open doors at Ducky Waddle’s (414 N Coast Hwy 101) on Wednesday May 8th at 7 PM. Local poets start at 7:30 and our very special guest will go on at 9 PM-ish. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in reading.
Check out some of her poetry here (clicky clicky).
Need we say more?