Minnesota poet Matt Rasmussen has won the Theodore H. Holmes and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize from the Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University.

Rasmussen, visiting professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College, grew up in International Falls and now lives in Robbinsdale. He has received grants and residencies from the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Loft Literary Center, Yaddo, and elsewhere. His first collection, "Black Aperture," published by Louisiana State University Press, won the Walt Whitman Award and was a finalist for a National Book Award.

The Holmes prize carries an award of $5,000. 

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