Minneapolis poet Jennifer Willoughby has won this year’s Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, sponsored by Minneapolis publisher Milkweed Editions. Willoughby earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Catherine University in St. Paul and her MFA in poetry from the University of Minnesota. For 15 years, she has worked as an advertising copywriter, writing poetry on the side. She has published poems in the Believer, Boston Review, and Indiana Review, among other places.
Her poetry manuscript, “Beautiful Zero,” was chosen from more than 150 submissions from poets across the Midwest. The Lindquist & Vennum Prize carries a $10,000 honorarium and a publishing contract. Milkweed will publish Willoughby’s book in November.
The judge for this year’s competition was Santa Fe poet Dana Levin, who had this to say about Willoughby’s book: “[The] speakers tumble and swerve as they urgently try to inhabit and describe the contours of being strange and alive in our electrified now. There’s a hint of dread, apprehension, to the speakers’ searches for connection and understanding, but the book’s primary argument seems to be for beauty, joy, surprise, release.”
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