Lucille Clifton

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York in 1936, and educated at the State University of New York at Fredonia and at Howard University. She was the Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a professor of English at Duke University. Her awards included the National Book Award, the Juniper Prize for Poetry, an Emmy Award, and two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

Awards and Honors

National Book Award

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship

Jerome J. Shestack Prize, The American Poetry Review

Emmy Award

Finalist, Pulitzer Prize

Lannan Literary Award

Shelley Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America

Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Juniper Prize for Poetry