Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

North Jersey Native Honored with an Award for His Poetry

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

North Jersey Native Honored with an Award for His Poetry

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A North Jersey native earned a Pulitzer Prize on Monday.

Peter Balakian, who was born and raised in Teaneck and Tenafly, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for "Ozone Journal," a collection of his poems.

The 64-year-old's award-winning compilation contains "poems that bear witness to the old losses and tragedies that undergird a global age of danger and uncertainty," according to the Pulitzer board.

Growing up, Balakian went to Tenafly public schools before attending and graduating from Englewood School for Boys, which is now The Dwight-Englewood School.

An expert in the Armenian genocide, which is part of his family's history, Balakian often writes about it in his poems and non- fiction. "Ozone Journal" is no exception. …

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