Poetry Foundation Announces Millay Award Winner

The University of Maine-based National Poetry Foundation has selected the manuscript “Kavafis at the Café: Poems in search of C. P. Cavafy” by Maine native and UMaine alumnus James Brophy as the winner of the third annual Millay Prize for Poetry. A special UMaine New Writing Series event celebrating the award will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Soderberg Auditorium in Jenness Hall. Brophy, who received a bachelor’s degree in classical languages and literature, a master’s degree in English and is now an English Department faculty member, will read from his winning manuscript. Author Martin Corless-Smith, the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Boise State University and this year’s external judge for the Millay award, will read from his own work. The Frank and Helene Crohn Edna St. Vincent Millay Prize was established in 2010 by the Crohns of Rhinebeck, N.Y., through a $300,000 gift to the University of Maine Foundation.

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