Alumni, Announcements, Awards

Alumna Wins Yale Bollingen Prize

Critically-acclaimed poet and former UNM student, Joy Harjo, won Yale University’s 2023 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. The Bollingen Prize, established by Paul Mellon in 1949, is awarded biennially by Yale University Library through Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years or for lifetime achievement in poetry. 

Harjo was awarded the 2023 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry for her book Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years and for her lifetime achievement in and contributions to American poetry.

Harjo is the 53rd poet to be honored with the award.