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Faculty Member Gains International Recognition for Poetry

Iain Higgins, who teaches medieval literature and medieval studies, has had a poem shortlisted for the 2011 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Open to any poet writing in any dialect of English anywhere on earth, this brand-new literary contest will award the author of the winning poem a prize of $50,000.

The contest, which is intended to promote poetry in a global context, will be decided in December by Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom (1999 - 2009). The board of judges consists of eight distinguished poets from around the English-speaking world: Australian John Kinsella, Jamaican-born Valerie Bloom, Malawian Frank M. Chipasula, Nigerian Odia Ofeimun, Mumbai poet Anand Thakore, Belfast's Sinead Morrissey, London-born Guyanese poet, Fred D'Aguiar, Montreal's Stephanie Bolster and Michael Harris, and former Montrealer Eric Ormsby.

To see all the poets on the shortlist, click here .

For more information about the prize itself, visit: http://montrealprize.com .

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