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THE 2013 BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY MILT KESSLER POETRY BOOK AWARD



Marilyn Nelson for FASTER THAN LIGHT: New & Selected Poems 1996-2011

from Louisiana State University Press

Judge: Charlie Rossiter

"Marilyn Nelson's Faster Than Light: New and Selected Poems, 1996-2011 is a magnificent collection. Nelson's poems do what poems are supposed to do. They make us pause, ponder and connect. They make us feel. They make us think. Nelson is to be praised for her mastery of craft as well as for the important history she brings to light in these powerfully honest, straightforward and beautifully poetic works."

Recipient of the Frost Medal, three-time National Book Award finalist, and Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of fifteen books and five chapbooks. 

Kessler Award Finalists for 2013:

(in alphabetical order)

Paola Corso for The Laundress Catches Her Breath (Cavankerry Press)

Natalie Diaz for When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press)

Colleen J. McElroy for Here I Throw Down My Heart (University of Pittsburg Press)

Heather McNaugher for System of Hideouts (Main Street Rag Publishing Company)

Melinda Palacio for How Fire Is A Story, Waiting (Tia Chucha Press)

Peter Serchuk for All That Remains(WordTech Editions)

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Last Updated: 8/19/13