Who Is Lucille Clifton?

May 11, 2007

Lucille Clifton is the winner of the 2007 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement which carries with it a $100,000 award. Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine and chair of the selection committee, commented: “Lucille Clifton is a powerful presence and voice in American poetry. Her poems are at once outraged and tender, small and explosive, sassy and devout. She sounds like no one else, and her achievement looks larger with each passing year.”

Although primarily a poet, Clifton is also well-known for her children’s books and has won handfuls of other awards for her writing.