The official announcement:
The Editors ofare happy to announce that Ocean Vuong has been awarded the 2012 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for Younger Poets for his poem “Prayer for the Newly Damned.”The poem will appear on the feature page of the September/October 2012 issue of the magazine.Born in 1988 in Saigon, Vietnam, Ocean Vuong is the author of the chapbook Burnings(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010) and is recently graduated with a in English from Brooklyn College, . He was a semi-finalist for the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and was a recipient of an Academy of American Poets award, the Connecticut Poetry Society’s Al Savard Award, a 2011 Best New Poets as well as four Pushcart Prize nominations. Poems appear in , diode, Guernica, Drunken Boat, South Dakota Review, and , among others.
The Kunitz Memorial Award is given yearly to young poets under age 40. Winners are published as the featured poem in American Poetry Review and are awarded $1000. The prize is named after the poet Stanley Kunitz, who died in 2006.
Read my review of his first chapbook here. I am sure this isn't the last time we hear of Ocean's poetry.