BALTIMORE (AP) — A senior at Washington College who grew up in Hunt Valley has been awarded a $62,900 literary prize.

Alexander Vidiani was named the Sophie Kerr winner Friday night on the college’s Chestertown campus. It is the nation’s largest literary prize for undergraduates.

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Vidiani submitted a portfolio with poems about loss, masculinity, fatherhood and other topics. Washington College professors reviewed 25 writing portfolios for the prize.

Vidiani said in a phone interview that he is elated and honored to have been awarded the prize.

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In the fall, Vidiani will start the master’s program in poetry at the University of Maryland. He says he hopes to eventually earn a Ph.D. and return to Washington College to teach.

The award recognizes a graduating senior at the school who shows literary ability and promise.

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