Thylias Moss first won a poetry prize for “Coming of Age in Sandusky,” which she entered in the Cleveland Public Library Poetry Contest in 1978. In 1983, her poems were collected into Hosiery Seams on Bowlegged Women, a volume commissioned by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. She received a fellowship from the Artists Foundation of Massachusetts in 1987 and won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts two years later. In 1989, Pyramid of Bone was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Moss’s “Interpretation of a Poem by Frost” appeared in The Pushcart Prize XIV: Best of the Small Presses, 1989-1990. In 1991, she won the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Dewar’s Profiles Performance Artist Award. Her Rainbow Remnants in Rock Bottom Ghetto Sky was selected for the National Poetry Series in 1990 and earned the Ohioana Book Award for Poetry in 1992. In 1995, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 1998, Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler was named Best Book by the Village Voice and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2006, she received the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry magazine.