Carol V. Davis, who teaches English and creative writing at Santa Monica College, is the winner of the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, sponsored by Truman State University Press in Kirksville, Missouri.
Davis’s winning poetry collection, Into the Arms of Pushkin, was selected from more than 500 manuscripts in the 11th annual competition. She receives $2,000 and publication of her book, expected to be released by fall.
She is the author of two chapbooks, The Violin Teacher and Letters from Prague, and a bilingual collection, It’s Time to Talk AboutÖ, published in Russia.
Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies and she is the author of nine books of poetry, three collections of short stories and a memoir.
She received two Fulbright scholar grants to Russia in 1996-1997 and fall 2005.
“These are poems that place us in another world and show it to us as ours,” said Alberto RÌos, the judge for the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize in choosing Davis’s collection.
Established in 1996, the prize is awarded for a book-length collection of poetry in honor of Missouri native T.S. Eliot’s intellectual and artistic legacy.