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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Meet Eugene Gloria, 2013 Winner For Poetry

Eugene GloriaEugene Gloria's 2012 poetry collection, My Favorite Warlord, won this year's Anisfield-Wolf prize for poetry. Born in Manila, Phillippines, Gloria uses My Favorite Warlord's 35 poems to explore Filipino heritage, samurai, fathers, masculinity, and memory. Publishers Weekly praised the work, noting that Gloria "sets himself confidently against injustice, in favor of inquiry, amid the eclectic language of contemporary scenes." Gloria has written two other books of poems—Hoodlum Bird (2006) and Drivers at the Short-Time Motel (2000). His honors and awards include an Asian American Literary Award, a Fulbright Research Grant, a San Francisco Art Commission grant, a Poetry Society of America award, and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches creative writing and English literature at DePauw Univ... Read More →

Meet Kevin Powers, 2013 Winner For Fiction

The road home from war is a long journey to rediscover who you are. Author Kevin Powers, who signed up for the Army at 17 and spent time as a machine gunner in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, wrote his award-winning novel, The Yellow Birds, as a way to help him process what he had experienced on the front lines.  "I started initially writing poems about the war," he said during an interview with PBS NewsHour. "I've been writing poems and stories since I was about 13. And I realized that I needed a larger canvas to say what I wanted to say, to answer the question that people were asking me, which was what was it like over there." In the novel, we see life in a war zone through the eyes of 21-year-old private John Bartle. He is tasked with watching over Murph, a younger solider with less... Read More →
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