Local Poet Molly Fisk receives prestigious Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship

The Academy of American Poets announced that Molly Fisk, the Poet Laureate of Nevada County, is one of 13 poets who was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow — a cultural coup for our region.

Fisk will receive a $75,000 award in recognition of their literary merit and to support civic programs.

“Molly Fisk received a BA in Folklore & Mythology from Radcliffe College/ Harvard University and an MBA from the Simmons College Graduate School of Management,” it was announced. “She is the author of four poetry collections, most recently The More Difficult Beauty (Hip Pocket Press, 2010). In 2019, Fisk was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. She currently serves as the poet laureate of Nevada County, California.

“Fisk plans to launch ‘California Fire & Water,’ a statewide teaching, anthology, and public reading project addressing the recent devastating fires in the state.

“The Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships are $50,000 – $100,000 awards given to honor poets of literary merit appointed to serve in civic positions and to enable them to undertake meaningful, impactful, and innovative projects that engage their fellow residents, including youth, with poetry, helping to address issues important to their communities.”

The announcement is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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