The Office of the President & the VOICES Reading Series Present “An Evening to Honor the Legacy of Lucille Clifton” featuring poets Toi Derricotte and Yona Harvey, with Michael Glaser, Karen Leona Anderson and Brian Ganz.
Lucille Clifton was one of the most distinguished, decorated, and beloved poets of her time. She won the National Book Award for Poetry and was the first Black recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement. Her honors and awards give testament to the universality of her unique and resonant voice. In 1987, she became the first author to have two books of poetry— “Good Woman” and “Next” — chosen as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in the same year. She was named a Literary Lion of New York Public Library in 1996, served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poetry and was elected a fellow in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.