Honoring the memory of a celebrated poet and a beloved teacher, the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry is awarded annually and is sponsored by the University of Utah Press and the University of Utah Department of English.
Jennifer Perrine is an assistant professor of English at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she teaches creative writing and gender studies.
Praise and Reviews:
“Jennifer Perrine’s poems, saturated in taut emotion and even in overt violence, are yet cooled, disciplined, by rigorous rendering, carefully evoked locations and descriptions. Jennifer Perrine is a deeply committed poet, intelligent, intense and perceptive of the minutiae of inner and outer human trauma.”—Anne Winters, Professor Emerita of Poetry, University of Illinois at Chicago
"...an unflinching, haunting and beautiful observation of life's perils and pain. Often drawing on imagery from the natural and even the mythological world, Perrine's vivid and taut verses convey the longing to be free from physical dangers and emotional cages."—dsmMagazine.com