March 29, 2005

Winner of one of poetry's biggest prizes busted for selling drugs in a school zone . . .


A young poet who won “the nation’s largest undergraduate literary prize last year”—the $56,169 Sophie Kerr Prize—“has been charged with possession of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms with intent to sell them near a school.” Angela Haley, 22, and her boyfriend were arrested after police entered their apartment and “found drugs, scales and more than $5,000 in cash,” says Tom Pelton in a Baltimore Sun report. Police say they’ve been receiving tips that Haley was selling drugs since 2003, when she was still a student at Washington College. In a Sun profile last year Haley told the newspaper “she planned to use the money to pursue a master’s degree in fine arts.”

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him on Twitter at @mobylives