Minnie Bruce Pratt

Minnie Bruce Pratt (1946- ) photographed at the New York State Fair in Syracuse in September 2008. An eminent U.S. poet whose career includes teaching, scholarly publishing, and political activism, Pratt's poetry has earned her numerous accolades, including New York Times Notable Book of the Year and the Lamont Poetry award. She was born in Selma, raised in Centreville, and earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Alabama. Pratt earned her doctorate in 1978 and has taught writing and gender studies courses at top universities.

Photograph by Leslie Feinberg