MA English alumnus, John James (GSAS'17) has won the 2nd Annual Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, selected by poet Henri Cole. John's collection The Milk Hours will be published by Milkweed Editions in June 2019.

"About the collection, Cole says:

The poetry of the earth is intensely alive in the poems of John James. In this luminous first book, there are poems of a son and a young father. Many of the best inhabit a tormented Kentucky landscape where there is a field with horses, a house and a barn, a flooding river, a cemetery where a parent lies, and bees or flies hovering. Out of the sorrowful fragments of personal history, John James has a created a book of unusual intelligence and beauty.

Congratulations, John!