Amy King Wins WNBA Award


Every other year, the Women’s National Book Association selects a recipient of the WNBA Award. This year’s recipient is New York poet Amy King.

The WNBA Award, formerly the Constance Lindsay Skinner Award, is reserved for “a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books and allied arts,” according to the WNBA website. Constance Lindsay Skinner, who died in 1939, was a playwright, critic and editor. She was dedicated to and active in the literary arts up until the time of her death.

This year’s award winner, Amy King dedicates much of her time to her work for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts where she is an Executive Board Member. VIDA hopes to “increase critical attention to contemporary women’s writing as well as further transparency around gender equality in contemporary literary culture.” You can see much of the writing and research King has completed for VIDA and learn more about VIDA’s mission here.

In addition to her work for VIDA, King teaches Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College. King has authored several books of poetry including¬†I Want to Make You Safe, published by Litmus Press, and I’m the Man Who Loves You, published by BlazeVOX Books. She has received numerous awards for her work including a MacArthur Scholarship for poetry and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.¬†

Congratulations to Amy King!