Ohioana Book Award For Poetry Finalist
In the midst of a bunch of large projects, I forgot to announce a big honor for me as an Ohio-born -and-raised writer. Hearsay is a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. My book is the only debut collection amongst the five:
Christopher Ankney. Hearsay. Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2014. George Bilgere. Imperial. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014.
Stuart Friebert. Floating Heart. Pinyon Publishing, 2014.
William Greenway. The Accidental Garden. Word Poetry, 2014.
Gerry Grubbs. The Hive Is a Book We Read For its Honey. Dos Madres Press, 2013.
Having crafted the book for a decade, I am happy that it is being given attention amongst four well-known, deeply established poets. Anyone in the fine arts knows the challenges of receiving positive, critical attention and recognition. For the Ohioana Library system, my gratitude to David Weaver and the anonymous judges will last with me. In the meantime, I must get back to writing.