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Hood Professor Wins Poetry Prize for her Newest Collection

The Frederick-News Post

November 4, 20129


Elizabeth Knapp, an associate professor of English at Hood College, won the 2019 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize for her poetry collection “Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak.”

The book is the second collection of poems by Knapp, who resides in Frederick. Her first collection of poems “The Spite House” won the 2010 De Novo Poetry Prize. She was also recognized as the 2018 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and a 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, North American Review, and Quarterly West, among others.

“Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak” was released in October by The Washington Writers’ Publishing House, which presented the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize.

Knapp took a few minutes to answer questions about poetry, her latest collection and what she wants readers to experience.

Tell me about what inspired the poems in “Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak.”