News from the MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation

News from Our Faculty: Forthcoming Books and Awards

Gerald Stern, Distinguished poet-in-residence, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Stern joins more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners who are current members.

Aracelis Girmay’s Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, 2011) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The National Book Critics Circle, founded at the Algonquin Round Table in 1974, honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.

Shara McCallum’s This Strange Land is one of the three poetry collections named a finalist for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize, given to a book by a Caribbean writer published in 2011.  The winner in each category will be announced on March 16th and the overall winner on April 26th at the Bocas Literary Festival in Trinidad (where Shara’s been invited to read).

Joan Larkin received the 2011 Shelley Memorial Award as well as the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, awarded annually to one American Poet for distinguished poetic achievement.

Jean Valentine, winner of the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2011, for Break the Glass (Copper Canyon Press).

Michael Waters’s tenth poetry collection, New and Selected (Shoestring Press, 2011) was reviewed by Jonathan Taylor in the December 23 issue of The Times Literary Supplement (UK).

Alicia Ostriker, The Book of Life (Pittsburgh U P, 2012); Ira Sadoff, True Faith (BOA Editions 2012); Gerald Stern, Stealing History (Trinity U P, 2012), and In Beauty Bright (W .W. Norton, 2012); Judith Vollmer, The Water Books (Autumn House Press, 2012); Ellen Doré Watson, translations from the work of Adélia Prado (Tupelo 2012). Aracelis Girmay, Kingdom Animalia (Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, BOA Editions, 2011); Patrick Rosal, Boneshepherds (Persea, 2011); Michael Waters, Gospel Night (BOA Editions, 2011) and Selected Poems (Shoestring Press, UK, 2011).

News from Our Alumni: Forthcoming Books and Awards

Alumna Laurie Ann Guerrero won the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize and her book, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, will be published by Notre Dame Press in 2013.

Amal al-Jubouri’s Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books, 2011), translated by Drew MFA Alumna Rebecca Gayle Howell’s translation (with Husam Qaisi) was named one of the best books of 2011 by the Library Journal and was a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award.

Alumna Monica Hand’s  me and nina  was published by Alice James Books in 2012.

“The poems are unsentimental, blood-red, and positively true, note for note, like the singing of Nina Simone herself. Hand has written a moving, deeply satisfying, and unforgettable book.”—Elizabeth Alexander

Amal al-Jubouri’s Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books, 2011), translated by Drew MFA Alumna Rebecca Gayle Howell’s translation (with Husam Qaisi) was named one of the best books of 2011 by the Library Journal. ”

“These poems are both essential and eternal.”—Nick Flynn

Gail Langstroth won the 2012 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award.

During the January 4-14, 2012 residency, students and faculty in the MFA program collaborated on four poetic sequences that started with the same three lines from an unfinished poem by Paul Celan. Two sequences started with the lines in the original (Romanian), and two with the lines in English translation.  Each poet had under 24 hours (in the midst of an intensive residency) to write a poem in response to the preceding one. The poets’ names were not revealed until the completion of the project.
*Our Telephone Project is inspired by Jonathan Farmer’s project with the same name.

Read the four threads of poetry:
Thread One
Thread Two
Thread Three
Thread Four