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The Eric Mathieu King Fund

The Eric Mathieu King Fund was established in 1995 to support the publication of poetry books in the United States. As of November 1999, the Fund is suspended indefinitely.

The Eric Mathieu King Fund provided grants of up to $3,000 to support the publication of individual volumes of poetry at non-commercial presses. Eligible projects included collections of original poetry, reprints of classic works of American poetry or poetry criticism, poetry anthologies, and translations of poetry from any language into English. First books of poetry were not eligible for these grants, as such projects were covered by the Greenwall Fund.

The Eric Mathieu King Fund was part of the Atlas Fund, an umbrella fund established by the Academy in 1994 to provide financial assistance to publishers of poetry. The Fund was named for Eric Mathieu King, a successful businessman and supporter of the arts who believed that poetry has an indispensable role to play in society as a direct, intimate means of communication. Eric Mathieu King died on January 30, 1990, in a skiing accident in the Canadian Rockies.

 Winners:

Year Author(s)/Editor(s) Title Publisher
1996 Jeffrey Carson and Nikos Sarris, trs. The Collected Poems of Odysseus Elytis Johns Hopkins University Press
Allan Mandelbaum, tr. Selected Poems of Umberto Saba Sheep Meadow Press
Muriel Rukeyser The Life of Poetry Paris Press
Lucille Clifton The Terrible Stories BOA Editions, Ltd.
James McMichael The World at Large: New and Selected Poems University of Chicago Press
Jean Grosjean, translated by Keith Waldrop Elegies paradigm press
Anuradha Mahapatra, translated by Carolyne Wright Another Spring, Darkness Calyx Books
William Dickey The Education of Desire Wesleyan University Press
Ricardo Sanchez The Loves of Ricardo Tia Chucha Press
The fund also initiated three multi-year grants of up to $5,000 per year to support the establishment of new poetry series at Graywolf Press, New Issues Press, and University of South Carolina Press.
1997 Adrienne Su Middle Kingdom Alice James Books
Adrian Castro Cantos of Blood and Honey Coffee House Press
Thomas McGrath Letter to an Imaginary Friend Copper Canyon Press
Dina Ben-Lev Broken Helix Mid-List Press
Katherin McAlpine and Gail White, eds. The Muse Strikes Back: A Poetic Response by Women to Men Story Line Press
Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris, eds. Poems for the Millennium, II University of California Press
Karl Shapiro Selected Poems, 1940-1995 University of Illinois Press
Kevin Bowen, Nguyen Ba Chung, and Bruce Weigl, eds. Mountain River: Vietnamese Poetry from the Wars University of Massachusetts Press
1998 Michael Ruby At the Intersection Alef Books
Judith Skillman Storm Blue Begonia Press
Franz Wright Encounter, 3 A.M. Oberlin College Press
Yvor Winters The Selected Poems of Yvor Winters Ohio University Press
Ruth Stone Ordinary Words Paris Press
Yu Xuanji, translated by David Young and Jiann I. Lin The Clouds Float North Wesleyan University Press
1999 Doug Anderson Blues for Unemployed Secret Police Curbstone Press
Daniela Crasnaru, translated by Adam J. Sorkin Sea-Level Zero BOA Editions, Ltd.
Tory Dent HIV, Mon Amour The Sheep Meadow Press
Lynn Emanuel She University of Pittsburgh Press
David Ferry Of No Country I Know University of Chicago Press
Afaa Michael Weaver Multitudes Sarabande Books
An anthology of Mexican poetry Copper Canyon Press
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