NEW YORK: OR­LANDO, Fla:

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Nikky Finney has won the Wal­lace Stevens Award, a $100,000 life­time achieve­ment honor pre­sented by the Academy of Amer­i­can Poets. Judges praised Finney, known for such col­lec­tions as “Head Off & Split” and “Rice,” for her “fierce moral con­vic­tion” and as a bard “for the African di­as­pora.”

Finney’s prize was among dozens an­nounced Wed­nes­day by the poets academy, with money ex­ceed­ing $1.2 mil­lion. Much of that amount was dis­trib­uted among 23 state and lo­cal poets lau­re­ate, from Rose­marie Dom­browski in Phoenix to An­gelo Geter in Rock Hill, South Carolina, all re­cip­i­ents of lau­re­ate fel­low­ships “in recog­ni­tion of their lit­er­ary merit and to sup­port their re­spec­tive civic pro­grams over the course of a year.”

Hanif Ab­dur­raqib re­ceived the $25,000 Lenore Mar­shall prize for “For­tune for Your Dis­as­ter,” given for the best book of po­etry re­leased in the pre­vi­ous year. Car­men Gimenez Smith was given the Academy of Amer­i­can Poets Fel­low­ship for “dis­tin­guished po­etic achieve­ment,” for which she re­ceives a $25,000 stipend and a res­i­dency in Glouces­ter, Mas­sachusetts.

Geoffrey Brock won $10,000 for his trans­la­tion of the Ital­ian poet

Giovanni Pas­coli’s “Last Dream” and Threa Al­montaser was given the Walt Whit­man Award for her de­but “The Wild Fox of Ye­men,” a $5,000 honor which in­cludes pub­li­ca­tion of her book by Gray­wolf Press and a six-week res­i­dency at the Civitella Ranieri Cen­ter in Italy.

The in-per­son res­i­den­cies are con­tin­gent on the sta­tus of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. (AP)

Ca­role Baskin, who be­came a pop cul­ture sen­sa­tion due to Net­flix’s do­cuseries “Tiger King,” is be­ing sued for defama­tion by a for­mer as­sis­tant. As part of the law­suit, the daugh­ters of Baskin’s for­mer hus­band are seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion about what hap­pened to their fa­ther, who dis­ap­peared mys­te­ri­ously more than two decades ago.

The amended com­plaint to an ear­lier law­suit was filed Tues­day in state court in by three daugh­ters,

and as well as his for­mer as­sis­tant,

It also names Baskin’s cur­rent hus­band and her tiger res­cue

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