June 30, 2022
Susan Nguyen Awarded 2022 Kunitz Prize
The American Poetry Review is happy to announce that Susan Nguyen has been awarded the 2022 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for her poem “Impossible Deer.” We thank all the poets who submitted work; we were honored to read so many excellent poems. "Impossible Deer" will be featured in the September/October 2022 issue. 


Susan Nguyen's debut poetry collection, Dear Diaspora (University of Nebraska Press, 2021) won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her poetry is often interested in the body: how geography, history, and trauma leave markers, both visible and invisible. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize and have appeared or are forthcoming in The RumpusTin HouseDiagram, and elsewhere. She is an alum of Tin House Winter and Summer Workshops, the Idyllwild Writers Week, and the Hedgebrook Writers-in-Residence program. 


The Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize awards $1,000 and publication of the winning poem to a poet under 40 years of age in honor of the late Stanley Kunitz's dedication to mentoring poets.


Congratulations, Susan! 


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