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UCSD Prof Rae Armantrout Wins Pulitzer Prize For Poetry

April 13, 2010 9:33 a.m.

UCSD professor of writing and literature Rae Armantrout has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her collection "Versed."

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DWANE BROWN: A writing and literature professor at the University of California San Diego has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Rae Armantrout won for her collections of poems titled Versed. KPBS arts producer Angela Carone has more.

ANGELA CARONE: Armantrout is the author of ten books of poetry, but it is her most recent collection titled "Versed" that won the notice of the Pulitzer Prize committee. Armantrout was writing Versed when she was diagnosed with a rare and often fatal form of cancer. She says winning the Pulitzer Prize for this book is particularly meaningful.

RAE ARMANTROUT: "Ironically, it turns cancer into a good thing partly because I seemed to have survived it, of course. Even at the time I was writing the book and was still very afraid, I was happy that the experience, instead of shutting me off as a writer, it seemed to open me up."

ANGELA CARONE: Armantrout is a native Californian and has been teaching at UCSD for over two decades. The Pulitzer Prize for poetry comes with a prize of $10,000. For KPBS news, I'm Angela Carone.