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Liberian Poet, Patricia Wesley, Selected as 2023 Recipient of the Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize

Liberian Poet, Patricia Wesley, Selected as 2023 Recipient of the Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize

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Wesley is the author of six books of poetry.

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Liberian-American Poet and professor, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize.

Wesley wins the $10,000 prize for her 2020 collection, Praise Song for My Children: New and collected Poems.

The awardees note on their website that, “Wesley will in 2023 go to Saginaw Valley State University in March to engage in poetry-related activities on campus and to accept the award in person.” 

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Wesley is the author of six books of poetry. She has some of her individual poems published in Prairie Schooner, Harvard Review, Transition, Crab Orchard Review, Harvard Divinity Review, New York Times Magazine, among others. Wesley is currently a Professor of English, creative writing and African Literature at Penn State, USA.

The Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize has been awarded since 1968, and is given for a book published in the past three years that has made an “important contribution to American poetry.”

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