Killing Floor

YearTitlePublisherPrize AmountJudges
1979Killing FloorHoughton Mifflin$5,000Maxine Kumin
    Philip Levine
    Charles Wright


Ai, who described herself as half Japanese, Choctaw-Chickasaw, Black, Irish, Southern Cheyenne, and Comanche, was born in Albany, Texas, on October 21, 1947. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona. She received a BA in Japanese from the University of Arizona and an MFA from the University of California at Irvine.

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