Nancy K. Pearson's manuscript has been chosen from several hundred submissions as the winner of the 2008 Perugia Press Prize. The prize is a national poetry award for first or second books by women. The poem "To the High School Prom Queen," which is part of the manuscript, was published in issue #42.
Kim Addonizio says, “Nancy Pearson's poems are rife with the urgencies of constructing a self. It is a harrowing, hard-fought project. As one poem asks, ‘ By what small margins do we survive? ’ This is a book fiercely in love with the world, a book that unflinchingly examines what can keep someone from inhabiting that world, whole. Two Minutes of Light is a startling, luminous, and moving first collection.”
Nancy K. Pearson, originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, received her MFA from George Mason University. Recently, she completed two seven-month poetry fellowships at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. An avid runner and cyclist, she now lives on Cape Cod with her partner.
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