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The 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist Award goes to Naomi Long Madgett.
She’s an award winning poet, editor, and educator. She’s often called the godmother of African-American poetry.
Dr. Madgett says the award came as a complete surprise because she didn’t even know she was being considered for the award.
“So it means a great deal to me that I can be alive to realize that my life’s work has had some positive effect on other people’s lives,” she tell Michigan Radio’s Jennifer White.