Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Writing Fellow at Pitt Wins Prestigious Whiting Award

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Writing Fellow at Pitt Wins Prestigious Whiting Award

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Rickey Laurentiis, a Pittsburgh-based poet, is among 10 recipients to receive a $50,000 Whiting Award, which honors the work of emerging writers. Since 1985, the awards have been given to writers in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama.

Mr. Laurentiis is the inaugural fellow in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland. The center was founded in 2016.

Mr. Laurentiis grew up in New Orleans. His debut book, "Boy With Thorn," won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize in 2014 and the Levis Reading Prize in 2016. The book was published by University of Pittsburgh Press.

Whiting Prize recipients are selected by a panel of writers, scholars and editors. The committee is chosen by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation of Brooklyn, N. …

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