The Press congratulates Marilyn Hacker, author of Unauthorized Voices: Essays on Poets and Poetry, 1987 - 2009 (2010), for winning the 2011 Argana International Poetry Award. The honor, bestowed by Morocco's Bayt Achiir (House of Poetry), was created in 2002 as a symbol of poetic friendship. Morocco World News reports that in a statement Bayt Achiir said it was "keen to explore, by granting the award to Hacker, new horizons and establish openness to other poetry experiences in today's world."
An acclaimed poet, translator, and editor, Hacker has been the recipient of many awards, including the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, two Lambda Literary Awards, and the National Book Award for her own poetry, and her translation of Marie Etienne's King of a Hundred Horsemen received the 2009 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.
(Author photo copyright Margaretta Mitchell.)