Posted on 10/27/2021 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Congratulations are in order for Yemeni American poet Threa Almontaser, who was revealed last week as the first winner of the Maya Angelou Book Award.

The prize, which will alternate between poets and prose writers, celebrates creative work that shows a commitment to social justice and inclusion.

Almontaser won the honor (and $10,000) for her debut poetry collection, The Wild Fox of Yemen.

“I feel a responsibility toward the Yemeni community now more than ever to write, not just about our survival but our joys, too,” she said in a press release issued by the Kansas City Public Library, which is one of the co-founders of the award.

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