Poetry Fellow Tim Seibles (1991-1992) will receive the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize on Nov. 11  which recognizes his most recent book of poems, Fast Animal.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (August 11, 2014) – Tim Seibles, a Philadelphia native and Norfolk, Va. resident, will receive the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. The award ceremony is part of the six-day Roethke Poetry and Arts Festival sponsored by the SVSU Board of Fellows. Seibles’ award recognizes his most recent book of poems, Fast Animal, released by Etruscan Press in January of 2012.
Fast Animal has won two other awards: The National Book Award for Poetry Finalist in 2012 and the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award in 2013. The Roethke Poetry Prize has been awarded since 1968 (generally on a triennial basis) to such Poet Laureates as Robert Penn Warren (1971), and Robert Pinsky (2008). In advance of receiving the Roethke Prize, Seibles is available for interviews and readings in select cities across the country.
Publisher's Weekly describes Fast Animal as "Crisply comic, disarmingly frank, and aurally bold." Seibles describes Fast Animal as a collection of poems that does not necessarily cater to the intellectually elite. Instead, his highly imaginative writing style is what makes his poems available to all types of readers. Regardless of whether the reader is someone who enjoys poetry casually and only on occasion, a fellow poet, or a professor of poetry, Seibles is confident there is something for everyone in Fast Animal.
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