Annandale Languages and Literature Associate Dean Jennifer Daniels won this year’s New Southern Voices Poetry Prize, sponsored by Hub City Press of South Carolina. She will receive a $1,000 prize and the press will publish her manuscript, “Wedding Pulls,” next summer.
Selecting the prize winner was celebrated poet C. D. Wright, a Guggenheim and MacArthur fellow and National Book Award nominee.
Daniels earned her Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees at George Mason University and has worked at NOVA since 1997. An English associate professor who teaches creative writing and literature, she was named associate dean of the division earlier this year. Daniels has published poems in a variety of publications, including “Best New Poets” (University of Virginia Press), “Calyx,” “The Northern Virginia Review,” “New Orleans Review,” “Lavender Review” and “Gargoyle.”
Wedding pulls are an old Southern tradition that involves wedding cakes. “Prior to reading this book,” said C. D. Wright, “I did not know what ‘wedding pulls’ were, and once I learned I would be just as happy if they did not exist. But these poems, they were meant to be here.”