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Utah Poet Laureate Lisa Bickmore Receives $50,000 Grant from Academy of American Poets

We’re pleased to announce that Utah Poet Laureate Lisa Bickmore will be one of 23 poets laureate across the United States to receive an award of $50,000 for creative projects from the Academy of American Poets. 

Bickmore will create and digitally archive micro-editions of chapbooks with writers throughout Utah. She will also work with youth and educators to publish broadsides centered around the ecological crisis facing the Great Salt Lake, which will be featured at events and readings throughout the state. Bickmore will also continue presenting the Utah Poetry Festival and expand its regional reach. 

Bickmore is the author of Ephemerist (Red Mountain Press, 2017), which contains the poem “Eidolon,” winner of the 2015 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize; flicker (Elixir Press, 2016), winner of the 2014 Antivenom Poetry Award; and Haste (Signature Books, 1994; reissued in 2023). She is the founder and publisher of the new independent nonprofit Lightscatter Press. 

Read the Academy of American Poets press release here

Read a story in The Salt Lake Tribune here. 

Read a story in St. George News here

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