“David Keplinger’s poems are miniatures which reveal a universe.” —David Wojahn
David Keplinger's Another City (Milkweed Editions) has won the 2019 UNT Rilke Prize.
The Rilke Prize is an annual award of $10,000 recognizing a book that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year. The prize is named after the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), a writer whose work, according to UNT, "embodies the qualities of ambition, intellectual and imaginative scope, and technical mastery we seek to recognize."
David Keplinger is a poet and translator. His collections of poems include The Most Natural Thing, The Prayers of Others, The Clearing, The Rose Inside and, most recently, Another City. His translations include Carsten René Nielsen's World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors and House Inspections, a Lannan Translations Selection; his most recent translation is Jan Wagner's The Art of Topiary. Keplinger's work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, and The Writer's Almanac, and has been translated and included in anthologies in China, Germany, Denmark, Northern Ireland, and elsewhere. The recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Keplinger has received support from the Soros Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the D.C. Council on Arts and Humanities, and the Danish Council on the Arts. He has also received the T.S. Eliot Award, the Colorado Book Award, the Cavafy Prize from Poetry International and The Erksine Poetry Prize from Smartish Place. Keplinger teaches in the MFA Program at American University in Washington, DC.
A Q&A and reception for Keplinger will be held on Wednesday, April 3, at UNT on the Square and a campus reading will take place on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
Judges also selected three finalists for this year's UNT Rilke Prize: Ada Limon's The Carrying (Milkweed Editions), Kevin Prufer's How He Loved Them (Four Way Books), and Doug Ramspeck's Black Flowers (LSU Press)