MURRAY, Ky. — The University of Georgia Press has awarded Murray State University alumnus Christopher Collins the 2017 Georgia Poetry Prize.

Collins received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Murray State in 2013. He is currently pursuing a PhD in literary nonfiction from the University of Cincinnati. His poetry collection My American Night will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2018.

Carrie Jerrell, PhD, is the director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Murray State.

“Chris Collins is one of the hardest working and thoughtful poetry students I’ve had the pleasure of working with in the MFA program, and I’m thrilled – but not at all surprised – that his labor has paid off in this way,” said Dr. Jerrell. “He’s a very deserving recipient of the Georgia Poetry Prize, and we can’t wait for the book’s appearance in early 2018.”

As the winner of a national competition that celebrates excellence in poetry, Collins will receive a cash prize of one thousand dollars, and a publication contract with the University of Georgia Press. Collins will also be invited to read his work at three sponsoring institutions.