Author Fanny Howe has received one of the highest honors in American poetry, the Poetry Foundation‘s 2009 Ruth Lilly Prize. One of literature’s largest awards, the $100,000 annual prize celebrates a living poet of exceptional lifetime achievement.

Howe is one of the world’s most eminent and experimental voices. She has published over 20 books, including several with UC Press: Gone: Poems (2003), The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life (2003), and Selected Poems (2000), which won the Gold Medal for Poetry from The Commonwealth Club of California and the 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Howe also adapted Henia and Ilona Karmel’s poems in A Wall of Two (2007), and wrote the book’s introduction. Fanny Howe will be honored at the at the Pegasus Awards Ceremony in Chicago on May 19.

Selected Poems Gone Wedding Dress