FANWOOD, NJ - Adele Kenny, a past teacher at the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains, and the Poet Laureate of Fanwood, has been awarded the International Book Award in poetry for her collection, “What Matters” (Welcome Rain Publishers).

Kenny has published 23 books in her career, of both nonfiction and poetry. She has had over 700 poems published in journals throughout the world.

She described her recent award winning collection, “What Matters”, as a “Collection of poems that deals with memory, mortality and survival”. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky lent his view that “These poems are eloquent, candid, straightforward and genuine.”

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This is not Kenny's first major award, as she has already received a plethora of honours, including two poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and an Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, among others.

Kenny directs the Carriage House Poetry Reading Series in Fanwood, which she founded in 1998 and has been director of the Fanwood Arts Council since 1999. She has been a featured poet at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, and is active as a featured reader in a wide range of venues. She has worked on the Grants Review Panel for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and has also been a presenter, poetry workshop leader, and artist-in-residence for numerous agencies and organizations.