Here comes round two of the National Book Award long lists, and here come more books with Minnesota connections. The long list for poetry was announced this morning, and here is Matt Rasmussen, winner of the 2012 Walt Whitman Award from the American Academy of Poets, nominated for "Black Aperture." You can't get more Minnesota than Rasmussen, who was born in International Falls, lives in Robbinsdale, and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus. His book was published by Louisiana State University Press.
Other Minnesota connections on the list: "So Recently Rent a World," by Andrei Codrescu and published by Coffee House Press. And "Incarnadine," by Mary Szybist, and published by Graywolf Press.
Yesterday's long list for young adult books included Minneapolis writers Kate DiCamillo and Anne Ursu. Tomorrow's list is nonfiction.
Here's the full long list for poetry:
"Metaphysical Dog," by Frank Bidart.
"Bury My Clothes," by Roger Bonair-Agard
"Stay, Illusion," by Lucie Brock-Broido.
"So Recently Rent a World," by Andrei Codrescu.
"Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire," by Brenda Hillman.
"The Big Smoke," by Adrian Matejka.
"American Amnesiac," by Diane Raptosh.
"Black Aperture," by Matt Rasmussen.
"Transfer of Qualities," by Martha Ronk.
"Incardine," by Mary Szybist.
And why not look forward to fall, when this summer is refusing to make an appearance? Let's skip it, then, and head right for the fall books. There's lots to look forward to, locally, with Garrison Keillor and Kevin Fenton and Kate DiCamillo and Kevin Kling and Robert Bly and ....
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but here are some of the books by Minnesota writers we're looking forward to. Starting with .... poetry!
"Stealing Sugar From the Castle: Selected and New Poems 1950-2013," by Robert Bly (W.W. Norton, September). A new book by Minnesota's most venerable poet is always an event.
"O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound," by Garrison Keillor. (Grove Press, October) Named, I think for this poem about, well, about taking, a, well, how can I say this, about, um, going to the .... um.... bleeding the .... um.... let's just say this particular poem is more vulgar than profound.
"Dance," by Lightsey Darst (Coffee House Press, September). Darst, currently writer-in-residence at the Walker Art Center (you can follow her blog here), won a Minnesota Book Award for her first collection, "Find the Girl."
"Leaving Rollingstone," by Kevin Fenton. (Minnesota Historical Society Press/Borealis Books, September). Fenton won the AWP award for the novel for his first book, "Merit Badges."
"Ready for Air," by Kate Hopper (University of Minnesota Press, October). A longtime writer and writing teacher, primarily about motherhood, Hopper here writes about premature motherhood.
"Prairie Sky," by W. Scott Olsen (University of Missouri Press, September). Olsen teaches at Concordia College and is the author of several books. This collection of essays is about viewing the world from the altitude of a pilot.
Mentioned before, but worth mentioning again...
"Big Little Mother," by Chris Monroe and Kevin Kling. The sequel, of sorts, to "Big Little Brother."
"The Illuminated Adventures of Flora & Ulysses," by Kate DiCamillo. A blend of novel and graphic novel, it's the story of a little girl, a magic squirrel, and a broken marriage.
We'll get to fiction in another blog post..... For now, remember: Rainy weather is good reading weather.
Laird Hunt's novel, "Kind One," published last fall by Minneapolis' Coffee House Press, has won a 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Hunt will be honored in September in Cleveland, Ohio, along with the four other winners--Andrew Solomon, for "Far From the Tree"; Kevin Powers for "The Yellow Birds"; Eugenia Gloria for "My Favorite Warlord"; and Wole Solyinka for "The Man Died."
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award was established in 1935 to honor books that make important contributions to understanding racism and diversity.
This is just the latest in a string of impressive awards Coffee House has received. In April, Ben Lerner (author of "Leaving the Atocha Station") and Anne Waldman, who has published many collections of poetry with Coffee House over the years, were both named Guggenheim Fellows.
Lerner's novel was also named runner-up for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.
And, as previously reported here, "Kind One" and T. Geronimo Johnson's "Hold it 'Til it Hurts" were both finalists for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award.
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