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Poetry Foundation introduces award for criticism

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago-based Poetry Foundation is introducing a new award for poetry criticism.

The $7,500 Pegasus Award will be presented annually to the author of the best book-length works of criticism published in the prior calendar year.

The first award will be presented in June for works published in 2013. Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 1.

Entries may include biographies, essay collections and critical editions on the subject of poetry or poets.

Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito calls the new award "one of the great historical moments for poetry."

Other annual foundation awards include the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize honoring a living U.S. poet for lifetime accomplishments, and the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowships, which recognize the work of five young poets.

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