Hunter ‘s MFA Professor Tom Sleigh Wins 2008 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Tom Sleigh, a professor of poetry in Hunter’s MFA program in Creative Writing, has won the 2008 Kingsley Tufts Award for his collection Space Walk. The prestigious award – which comes with a $100,000 prize, the largest in the nation for a mid-career poet — is administered by Claremont Graduate University.

Sleigh is the author of seven books of poetry, a book of essays, and a translation of Euripides’ Herakles. He has been a finalist for the Lamont Poetry Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and has been nominated for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets and The Nation Magazine.

Sleigh will be honored at a ceremony at Claremont on April 15.