Press Release: National Book Foundation Announces Second of Four Longlists
Andrei Codrescu served as a Fiction Judge for the National Book Award in 2010. A Peabody-Award winning filmmaker, Codrescu is the author of numerous books of poetry, novels, and essays. He is the founder of the literary magazine Exquisite Corpse, and Codrescu’s commentary is featured regularly on NPR’s All Things Considered. Born in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania, Codrescu now lives in the Ozarks near the Buffalo River National Park.
Brenda Hillman is the author of nine previous poetry collections, including Practical Water, which earned the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry in 2009, and Bright Existence, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Married to poet Robert Haas, a 1997 National Book Award Winner, Hillman is on the faculty of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California.
Adrian Matejka’s first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York/New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. He is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Lannan Foundation. Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Matejka teaches creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Diane Raptoshhas published three books of poems and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of three literature fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and was named Boise's first Poet Laureate in2013. Raptosh teaches creative writing and literature at The College of Idaho in Boise.
Matt Rasmussen’sBlack Aperture is the author’s first book of poems and the winner of the 2012 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Rasmussen is a visiting assistant professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.
Martha Ronk has published a number of poetry collections, works of fiction, and chapbooks, including Vertigo, which was a National Poetry Series selection, and In a Landscape of Having to Repeat, which received the PEN Center USA 2005 Poetry Award. Ronk is the Irma and Jay Price Professor of English Literature at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Mary Szybist’sfirst poetry collection, Granted, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writing Award, and a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. Szybist is Assistant Professor of English at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.