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Natasha Rao, Latitude

We are happy to announce that Natasha Rao has been selected as the 2021 APR/Honickman First Book Prize recipient for her manuscript Latitude, chosen by guest judge Ada Limón. The book will be published in September 2021 and will be distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium.

Natasha Rao is a poet and educator from New Jersey. She Holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from NYU, where she was a Goldwater Fellow. She has received support from the Bread Loag Environmental Writers' Conference, the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and the Vermont Studio Center.

Her work appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, American Poetry Review, Narrative, The Offing, Rattle, and elsewhere. Natasha was a finalist in Narrative's 30 Below Contest. Currently, she is a managing editor of American Chordata and lives in Brooklyn.

APR received over 1,000 subrmissions for the prize this year, and they are gratified by the abundance of so many excelent poems.

Author photo by Courtney Allen

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