Mic drop! Anne Boyer, Kansas City Art Institute’s associate professor of creative writing, has won the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction for her book The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care, an elegant and unforgettable narrative about the brutality of illness and the capitalism of cancer care in America. Boyer has been teaching at KCAI since 2007.
Boyer is also a prolific poet and essayist. She’s the renowned author of The Undying (2019), The Handbook of Disappointed Fate (2018), and Garments Against Women (2015), among other works. She was recognized as one of ten emerging writers by the Whiting Foundation in the category of Non-Fiction, Poetry and received the inaugural Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Her book, The Undying, was one of the five finalists in the PEN Jean Stein award, which chooses the five best books published in the last year.
Congrats and kudos to Boyer. What an epic achievement!