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Lucia Perillo

Lucia Perillo grew up in the suburbs of New York City in the 1960s. She graduated from McGill University in Montreal in 1979 with a major in wildlife management and subsequently worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. She completed her MA in English at Syracuse University while working seasonally at Mount Rainer National Park, and moved to Olympia in 1987, where she taught at Saint Martin's College. For most of the 1990s, Perillo taught in the creative writing program at Southern Illinois University. She passed away in 2016.

"It is a delight to wander with [Perillo] into strange and imaginative territories. Always, I read her poems with surprise and (write it!) jealousy."—Billy Collins


100 Notable Books of 2012, The New York Times Book Review

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award for Poetry 2013

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist 2012

Pulitzer Prize Finalist 2010 in Poetry

Washington State Book Award 2010

Bobbitt Prize for Poetry 2010

Washington State Book Award 2006

Finalist for LA Times Book Prize 2005

Kingsley Tufts Award 2005

MacArthur Fellowship in 2000

Kate Tufts Award 1996

Revson Prize from PEN

Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America for best first book, 1989

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