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Utah poet Meg Day has received a prestigious honor one that will mean a good deal of travel in her future.
Day, a Ph.d. candidate at the University of Utah, has been awarded the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship given every year to an American-born poet to allow him or her to travel abroad for a year.
The scholarship, established in the will of American poet Amy Lowell (who died in 1925), includes a cash prize of approximately $54,000.
Day's most recent book of poetry, "Last Psalm at Sea Level," was published in 2014. Last year she launched "#TheLast13Tour," in which she will read her work at the last remaining feminist bookstores in the United States and Canada. (She hit three stores so far, and plans to visit two more in April.)
Day is not the first Utah-linked poet to receive the scholarship. The poet May Swenson was given the award in 1959, and poet Paisley Rekdal, a professor in the University of Utah's English Department, received the honor in 2011.
Other notable recipients include past U.S. Poet Laureates Stanley Kunitz and Elizabeth Bishop, as well as Adrienne Rich, Robert Bly (the "men's movement" founder who wrote "Iron John") and Nick Flynn (whose memoir "Another Bull Night in Suck City" was the basis for the Robert DeNiro film "Being Flynn").