September 5, 2012

Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow Rickey Laurentiis McGhee Honored by the Poetry Foundation

Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow Rickey Laurentiis McGhee (MFA, Creative Writing, 2013) is one of five young poets honored by the Poetry Foundation with a 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. 

Among the most prestigious awards offered to an aspiring poet in the United States, the prize is intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry and is open to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age.

The editors of Poetry magazine selected the winning manuscripts from more than 1,000 submissions. In announcing the winners, Poetry senior editor Don Share said, “When Harriet Monroe founded Poetry one hundred years ago, she excelled at discovering and nurturing young poets. I think she would be very pleased with the 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellows.” Editor Christian Wiman added, “The history of Poetry is filled with some of the best-known names in American poetry; my guess is that these young poets will be among those we'll be talking about in the years to come.”

Rickey Laurentiis [McGhee] was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, earned his BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and is completing his MFA at Washington University in St. Louis. Laurentiis has been honored by the Cave Canem Foundation, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Feminist Studies, Indiana Review, jubilat,and Knockout Literary Magazine, among other publications.

For more information on the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and the  visit the Poetry Foundation Website.