- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Brenda Hillman, an award-winning poet for her eclectic and sensual style, has been named chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

The academy told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Hillman will serve for six years as chancellor, an honorary position for which duties range from consulting on programming to judging for prizes. W.H. Auden, John Ashbery and Adrienne Rich are among the previous chancellors.

The 64-year-old Hillman has published such books as “Bright Experience,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and “Loose Sugar,” a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Her other honors include a Pushcart Prize and several fellowships.

The academy, founded in 1934, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering an “appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets.”

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