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October 3, 2012

Graham first US female to scoop Forward Prize

 | By Charlotte Williams

American poet Jorie Graham has won the £10,000 Forward Prize for Best Collection, for
P L A C E (Carcanet).

Graham is the first female to receive the prize since Kathleen Jamie in 2004, and is the first American woman ever to scoop the poetry award. The judges described her collection as “startling, powerful, never predictable” and “a joy” to read.

Meanwhile, Sam Riviere has won the £5,000 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection for 81 Austerities (Faber & Faber), with Denise Riley winning the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in memory of Michael Donaghy, worth £1,000, for “A Part Song” (London Review of Books), a meditation on the loss of her son.

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