Robin Coste Lewis garners top poetry award

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Robin Coste Lewis, writer in residence, has been awarded the 2023 Pen/Voelker Award for Poetry for her collection To The Realization of Perfect Helplessness (Knopf, 2022). The annual award is presented to a poet whose collection of poetry represents a notable and accomplished literary presence. The award judges noted Lewis’ innovative use of various mediums and “collage-like weaving of texts and [literary] figures,” expanding “ways we might imagine what it means to ‘read’ and ‘see’ on the plane or stage of a book’s page.”