Emma Hine, AB ’13, has won the 2021 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry from Sarabande Books. Her first collection of poems, Stay Safe, will be published with Sarabande as part of the prize.
The poems in Stay Safe explore loss, mourning, and anxiety through the experiences of three imaginative sisters. “The equation of sisters, mother, family, with air, water, fire, along with the dreamy manipulation of these elements, lend the poems the uncanniness of fairy tales,” prize judges Jeffrey Skinner and Sarah Gorham write in their introduction to the volume. “And as with fairy tales, Stay Safe sees with the wonder and ebullience of a child, even as it under-stands with the psychological sophistication of one who has grieved adult losses and made it through.”
After graduating from Washington University, Hine received an MFA in poetry from New York University. She is a freelance writer and editor and the education content specialist at the Academy of American Poets.
Read more about Stay Safe on the publisher's website.