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Tomás Q. Morín. PHOTO via TEXAS STATE


Tomás Q. Morín, senior lecturer in English at Texas State University, has been awarded the 2012 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize for Poetry, for his manuscript A Larger Country.

The annual American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry offers publication of a book of poems, a $3,000 award, and distribution by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. The purpose of the prize is to encourage excellence in poetry and to provide a wide readership for a deserving first book of poems. The American Poetry Review is considered the nation’s preeminent poetry publication, and it is the most highly circulated poetry magazine in the world.

Morín’s book was chosen by this year’s guest judge, poet Tom Sleigh, who will also write an introduction for the book.

A Texas native, Morin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Texas State, and a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and he was a fellow at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Program.

Morín’s poems have appeared in New England Review, Narrative, Boulevard, Slate, Threepenny Review, Best New Poets and elsewhere.

The Honickman Foundation and its affiliate, the Honickman Charitable Trust, are dedicated to supporting projects that promote the arts, education, health, social change and heritage.

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One thought on “Texas State’s Tomás Morín wins American Poetry Review prize

  1. Congrats Tomás! Last month, I was going through a few Southwest Texas State items from the 1997. I found a collection of short stories and poetry called “Persona”. We both have a poem included in it. Your poem was, “The Zebras of Manson Zoo”. I was proud to know you then and even more proud today. Adelante!

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