The awards continue to pile up for College of Idaho professor Diane Raptosh in 2013. Raptosh, a 1983 C of I alumna who teaches English and creative writing, this week was named to the National Book Foundation’s Longlist for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry for her latest work, American Amnesiac. The list features ten authors, including many of the country's preeminent writers of contemporary poetry. Raptosh is joined by Frank Bidart, Roger Bonair-Agard, Lucie Brock-Broido, Andrei Codrescu, Brenda Hillman, Adrian Matejka, Matt Rasmussen, Martha Ronk and Mary Szybist.
The National Book Award Finalists will be announced Oct. 16. Winners will be revealed at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Gala on Nov. 20 in New York City.
“I noticed that the Longlist features many poetry collections highly charged with issues of social and political relevance,” Raptosh said. “This comes as no surprise, since the poet’s primary domain is the moral imagination. Even so, the country—and the planet it rests upon—needs the work of poets now more than ever. I am deeply honored that American Amnesiac is counted among this list, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Already in 2013, Raptosh was selected as Boise’s first Poet Laureate and named Idaho’s Writer in Residence by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. The Writer in Residence award is the highest literary recognition and largest financial award ($10,000) accorded to an Idaho writer.
Copies of American Amnesiac are available at Rediscovered Bookshop in Boise. The store is offering to ship signed copies to anyone who orders. Call (208) 376-4229 or visit www.rdbooks.org for more info. The book also is available in the new College Store, located on the first floor of McCain Student Center on the C of I campus in Caldwell.
The National Book Foundation's mission is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. In addition to the National Book Awards, for which it is best known, the Foundation's programs include 5 Under 35, National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, NBA on Campus, the Innovations in Reading Prize and BookUp.
The National Book Award is one of the nation's most prestigious literary prizes and has a stellar record of identifying and rewarding quality writing. In 1950, William Carlos Williams was the first Winner in Poetry, the following year William Faulkner was honored in Fiction, and so on through the years.
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