Fellow wins Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Frank Bidart WF ’62 has won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his recent publication, Half-light: Collected Poems 19652016. The Pulitzer committee called the work “a volume of unyielding ambition and remarkable scope that mixes long dramatic poems with short elliptical lyrics, building on classical mythology and reinventing forms of desires that defy societal norms.”

The collection also won a National Book Award last year. Dr. Bidart is the author of Metaphysical Dog, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, Watching the Spring Festival, Star Dust, Desire, and In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965–90. He is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and a professor of English at Wellesley College.

Kimberly Phillips-Fein MN ’98 was a history finalist for her work Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics. The Pulitzer committee said of the book: “A fine work of historical craftsmanship that revises conventional wisdom about New York’s 1975 fiscal crisis and its aftermath with sensitivity, empathy and clarity.” Dr. Phillips-Fein is an associate professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.


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