Visiting Writers Series: Kevin Prufer
Kevin Prufer is the author of eight books of poetry, including The Art of Fiction (2021), How He Loved Them (long-listed for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Julie Suk Award), Churches (named one of the New York Times‘ best books of 2014), In a Beautiful Country (finalist for the 2012 Rilke Prize), and National Anthem (named by Publishers Weekly as one of the five best poetry bvooks of 2008). He’s also co-edited several volumes of poetry, including New European Poets (Graywolf Press, 2008), Literary Publishing in the 21st Century(Milkweed Editions, 2016;), and Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries (Graywolf Press, 2017).
Prufer directs the Unsung Masters Series, a book series devoted to bringing great but little-known authors of the past to new generations of readers.
Prufer is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston and the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University.
Among Prufer’s awards and honors are four Pushcart prizes and several Best American Poetry selections, numerous awards from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation.