Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Big News

The e-mail has gone out, so now it can be told: this afternoon, I received word from the editor-in-chief of Tupelo Press that Severance Songs—yes, Severance Songs, that's the title of the manuscript that I sent them and it's the title I'm going to stick with—has won this year's Dorset Prize! I am astounded and grateful and overwhelmed. (As if the last day of classes wasn't gift enough!)

I've lived with these poems for a long time, and I can't express how pleased I am that they will finally be taking solid book form, and through the offices of such a wonderful press.

Thanks to Ilya Kaminsky, this year's judge. I hope I'll be half as effective at bringing my poetry to life and to others as he has been.

And thanks to all my readers who've rooted for me and for this project.

As Stan Lee still probably says,


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