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Poet Sharon Olds wins $100,000 Academy of American Poets prize

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Image caption Sharon Olds published her first book of poems in 1980, aged 37

Pulitzer Prize-winning US poet Sharon Olds has been given a $100,000 (£75,000) lifetime achievement award.

Olds, 73, was given the Academy of American Poets' prestigious Wallace Stevens Award for "proven mastery in the art of poetry".

It comes three years after she received the Pulitzer for Stag's Leap, a sequence of poems about a divorce.

Ex-Pulitzer winner and former US poet laureate Natasha Trethewey was awarded $25,000 (£18,700) and a fellowship.

Lynn Emanuel's The Nerve of It, a selection of "new and selected poems" won the $25,000 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the best poetry book published last year.

Other winners of the Academy of American Poets' prizes included Mary Hickman for Rayfish, Ron Padgett for his translation of Zone: Selected Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire and Stephen Sartarelli for his translation of The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Donte Collins, 20, was given an award for most promising young poet.

Previous award winners include Sylvia Plath, Robert Pinsky and Mark Strand.


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