- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 4, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - Henri Cole has won the sixth annual Jackson Poetry Prize, a $50,000 honor meant to encourage writers considered to have exceptional talent and deserving of wider recognition.

The award was announced Wednesday by Poets & Writers Inc., a nonprofit literary organization. Cole’s eight poetry collections include “Touch” and “Middle Earth,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.

Cole is a native of Japan and is poetry editor for The New Republic, the politics and arts magazine based in Washington. The judges cited his poems for their “casual, anecdotal worldliness and natural diction.”

Previous winners of the Jackson prize include James Richardson and Elizabeth Alexander.

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