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Friday, January 27, 2012
ANNOUNCING THE 2012 KRESGE EMINENT ARTIST - NAOMI LONG MADGETT
2012 KRESGE EMINENT ARTIST
NAOMI LONG MADGETT
Award-winning poet, editor, and educator Naomi Long Madgett - who nurtured aspiring Detroit poets through her teaching, annual poetry award, and publishing company - has been named the 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist.
The Kresge Eminent Artist Award and $50,000 prize recognize Madgett's decades of commitment to originating, illuminating, and preserving poetry by African-Americans, and promoting the study and appreciation of African-American literature in schools and universities. A professor emeritus of English at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., Madgett is the author of 10 books of poetry, a pair of textbooks, and the 2006 memoir, "Pilgrim Journey." She also has edited two anthologies.
Madgett's poems have appeared in scores of anthologies at home and abroad. Her work has been recognized with an American Book Award, the Michigan Governor's Award for Arts & Culture, three honorary degrees, several lifetime-achievement awards, and induction into three halls of fame. Lotus Press, which Madgett founded in 1972, has published more than 90 collections of poetry written by emerging and established poets.
Madgett's selection as the 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist also honors her commitment to the city that she has enlivened for more than six decades.
Kresge Arts in Detroit congratulates Naomi Long Madgett!
Kresge Arts in Detroit, funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies, provides significant financial support of $50,000 for one Kresge Eminent Artist Award annually to an exceptional artist who has made a longstanding contribution to metropolitan Detroit in the literary, performing or visual arts.
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