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SMU alumna wins prestigious Academy of American Poets University & College Poetry Prize

Dedman College News

Originally Posted: August 27, 2021

Congratulations to Ashley Durrance ’16! She won a 2021 Academy of American Poets University & College Poetry Prize. Her winning poem, titled “Affair,” can be found here. Ashley is a former SMU creative writing program student.

The Academy of American Poets sponsors over two hundred annual poetry prizes at colleges and universities across the U.S, and has awarded cash prizes to nearly ten thousand student poets since the program’s inception.

Previous award winners include esteemed poets such as Mark Doty, Louise Glück, Allen Grossman, Jorie Graham, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Pinsky, Sylvia Plath, Mark Strand, and Ocean Vuong.