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Somers-Willett Named 2014 Pushcart Prize Winner

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The Pushcart Press has announced the winners of the 2014 Pushcart Prizes honoring outstanding writing published by small book presses and little magazines. Susan B.A. Somers-Willett is one of this year’s winners for her poem “Tallahatchie,” originally published in Orion Magazine. The poem will appear in the The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: The Best of the Small Presses anthology to be released in November 2013.

The Pushcart Prize series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Little magazine and small book press editors may make up to six nominations from their year’s publications in poetry, short fiction, and essays.  Hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in the annual collections.

Other 2014 Pushcart Prize winners in poetry include Carl Phillips, Natasha Trethewey, Mary Ruefle, Bob Hicok, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge,  Matthew Dickman, Saeed Jones, and Louise Glück. The awards are presented annually to authors in poetry and prose.

For a full list of 2014 Pushcart Prize winners, visit The Rankings.

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Writers' League of Texas Announces 2010 Book Award Winners

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Jan Baumer, Programming Manager

Austin, TX - The Writers' League of Texas has announced the winners of the 2010 WLT Book Awards honoring outstanding books published in the United States. The awards are presented annually to authors in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Prose and Poetry, and Children's Books. The 2010 winners are:

  • Fiction: Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories, by Lorraine M. Lopez, Nashville, TN (BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City, November 2009)
  • Nonfiction: Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life, by Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith, Austin, TX (PublicAffairs, November 2009)
  • Children's: Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose, Portland, ME (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, January 2009)
  • Poetry & Literary Prose: Quiver, by Susan B.A. Somers-Willett, Montclair, NJ (University of Georgia Press, March 2009)

(For more details on the winners, please see below)

The winners each receive a commemorative award and a cash prize of $1,000. The 2010 Writers' League of Texas Book Awards contest is sponsored by the University Co-op. The WLT extends its heartfelt gratitude to the Co-op for their support and generosity. "The Writers' League is pleased to continue the tradition of recognizing excellence in books," said WLT Executive Director Cyndi Hughes. "This year's contest had the most submissions ever, and once again, the quality of the books is outstanding. We would also like to thank University Co-op for returning as a sponsor of the contest."
Until 2008 the Writers' League of Texas Book Awards were known as the Violet Crown Awards and the Teddy Children's Book Awards. Past winners for fiction and nonfiction include University of Oklahoma professor, novelist, and fiction writer Rilla Askew, Texas Monthly columnist and novelist Sarah Bird, mystery author Mary Willis Walker, novelist Amanda Eyre Ward, novelist Clay Reynolds, poet Jack Myers, journalist Carlton Stowers, and NPR commentator Marion Winik. Past children's winners have included Kathi Appelt, Diane Gonzalez Bertrand, Angela Shelf Medearis, Kimberly Willis Holt, John Erickson, and Margo Rabb.
The League is now accepting submissions for the 2011 Book Awards for books published in 2010. Guidelines and entry forms are posted on the Writers' League Web site at

The Writers' League of Texas is a nonprofit professional organization that provides a community for information, support, and sharing among writers. The organization assists its 1,400 members throughout the United States in improving and marketing their writing.  Among the League's signature initiatives are the annual Writers' League of Texas Agents Conference, the annual Writers' League of Texas Book Awards, Project WISE (Writers in Schools for Enrichment), and the Summer Writing Retreat in Alpine, along with ongoing workshops and classes.The Writers' League of Texas is funded in part by the City of Austin, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more, visit the League's Web site at

About the 2010 WLT winners:

Phillip Hoose is the widely-acclaimed author of books, essays, stories, songs, and articles, including the National Book Award and Newbery Honor winning book, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.

Hoose is also the author of the multi-award winning title, The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, the National Book Award Finalist, We Were There Too!: Young People in U.S. History, and the Christopher Award-winning manual for youth activism, It's Our World, Too!

A graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Hoose has been a staff member of The Nature Conservancy since 1977, dedicated to finding and protecting habitats of endangered species. A songwriter and performing musician, Phillip Hoose is a founding member of the Children's Music Network and a member of the band Chipped Enamel. He lives in Portland, Maine.

Lorraine M. Lopez is an associate editor of the Afro-Hispanic Review and an associate professor of English teaching in the MFA program in creative writing at Vanderbilt University.  Her short story collection, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories (Curbstone Press), won the inaugural Miguel Marmól Prize for fiction.  Her second book, Call Me Henri (Curbstone Press), was awarded the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature, and her novel, The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters (Grand Central Press), was a Borders/Las Comadres selection for the month in 2008.  López's short story collection, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories (BkMk Press), was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize in Fiction in 2010.  She has also edited a collection of essays titled An Angle of Vision: Women Writers on Their Poor or Working-Class Roots (University of Michigan Press).  Her forthcoming works include a novel, The Realm of the Hungry Spirits, due out from Grand Central Press in May 2011, and a collection of essays, The Other Latino, co-edited with Blas Falconer, which will be released in fall of 2011 from the University of Arizona Press.  

Bill Minutaglio is the author and co-author of several nonfiction books, most recently In Search of the Blues: A Journey to the Soul of Black Texas, which has been selected as a Book of the Month selection by the Bob Bullock State History Museum's Book It, Texas! Club (and will be read by book club members in February). He is co-author of Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life, which is the winner of The Writers' League of Texas' nonfiction book award for 2010. He is author of biographies of President George W. Bush and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, as well as City on Fire, a narrative nonfiction book about the greatest industrial disaster in American history. His books have been published in China, optioned by actor Tom Cruise and excerpted by The New York Times and other publications. Esquire named City on Fire one of the greatest tales of survival ever written. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Esquire, Texas Monthly, Outside, Details, Men's Health, The Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists and many other publications. He is a clinical professor of journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and a columnist for The Texas Observer.

W. Michael Smith was Molly Ivins's researcher and assistant for six years.  He has worked with the Fort Worth Star Telegram, writer Gail Sheehy and staffers from the New York Times, the BBC, PBS Frontline, and ARD Germany.

Susan B.A. Somers-Willett is the author of two critically acclaimed books of poetry and a book of criticism. Her first book of poetry, Roam, won the Crab Orchard Review Award series in 2006 and was a finalist for the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for poetry. Her second book, Quiver, published in 2009 with the University of Georgia Press as part of the VQR Series in Poetry, received the 2010 Writers' League of Texas Book Award. Her book of criticism, The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race, Identity, and the Performance of Popular Verse in America (University of Michigan Press, 2009) has been cited by The Globe and Mail and The New York Times. Somers-Willett's writing has been featured in The Iowa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Poets & Writers, and The New Yorker.

Somers-Willett holds an A.B. from Duke University, and an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. She has received fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Center for Arts in Society. Her other honors include the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award, VQR's Emily Clark Balch Poetry Prize, a Gracie Award, and a Pushcart nomination. She currently teaches creative writing and poetics as an assistant professor of english at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

To schedule interviews, or obtain images please contact Jan Baumer at or 512-499-8914.

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In Verse’s “Women of Troy” wins 2010 Gracie Award from American Women in Film and Television


American Women in Radio & Television Announces 35th Annual Gracie Award® Local Market, Public and Student Winners

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February 24, 2010 (McLean, VA) –­ With a strong commitment to recognizing the accomplishments of all markets of talent, as well as the next generation of media stars, American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) is pleased to announce the 2010 local market, public and student winners of the annual Gracie Awards. The winners will be recognized at an industry luncheon on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA. After more than three decades in New York, the Gracies will be delivering its message of empowerment to a Los Angeles audience when the Gracie Awards go Hollywood.

The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, commercials, news, features and other programs.

Each year, the Gracies attracts the best and brightest in radio, television, cable and new media. This year’s local, public and student winners include KXAS’ Deborah Ferguson, George Washington University’s Engage, Enlighten and Educate, KRTK’s Heart of the Huddle, WNYC’s In Verse: Women of Troy, Minnesota Public Radio’s Mabel’s Story, and WTOP’s The War that Never Ends. (See below for a complete list of winners.)

“Women of Troy” is the winner of the Outstanding Soft News Feature category and was the first installment of the In Verse series aired on WNYC's Studio 360 in November 2009. It is a collaboration between poet Susan B. A. Somers-Willett, photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally, and radio journalist Lu Olkowski as they document the effects of the economic crisis on the lives of working mothers in Troy, New York.

In Verse: Women of Troy from InVerse on Vimeo.

“We are so proud of the important work being done by all women across the country,” stated 2010 Chair of AWRT, Sylvia Strobel, Esq. “The Gracies Luncheon is our platform for acknowledging that work and the amazing people behind it.”

The Gracies are presented by the Foundation of AWRT, the philanthropic arm of AWRT, which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, commercials, public service, documentary and sports.

For more details on the Gracies Awards Luncheon including tickets information, go to the Gracies website: National Gracie Award winners will be presented at a dazzling black-tie Gala also at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Click here to view the list of all of this year's winners.

Supporting the Gracies is synonymous with supporting women’s achievements in all facets of media and entertainment. Reserve your table and demonstrate your commitment to the Foundation of AWRT, a 501c3 non-profit charity. For more information, please contact AWRT at (703) 506-3290.

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In Verse’s “Women of Troy” to Air on Public Radio Stations Nationwide on November 5th
featuring poet Susan B. A. Somers-Willett and photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally


“Women of Troy,” the first installment of the In Verse series featuring the work of award-winning poet Susan B. A. Somers-Willett and world-class photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally, will air on the nationally distributed Public Radio International/WNYC program Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen the weekend of November 5, 2009.

Play In Verse: "Women of Troy" Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson | 6 November 2009


In Verse is a multi-media project that combines poetry, photography and audio footage to create “documentary poems” for radio, the web, print and iPhone. The “Women of Troy” installment features Somers-Willett and Kenneally as they document the effects of the economic crisis on the lives of working mothers in Troy, New York. Labor historians have argued that Troy was the prototype for the industrialization of America and “the most important city during the Industrial Revolution.” Troy’s beginnings stand in stark contrast to its current social conditions. Today, the median income for a family of three is just under $17,000; most families in Troy survive on minimum wage jobs.

This collaborative work grows from Kenneally's multi-year reporting project “Upstate Girls.” The collaboration has resulted in a suite of poems written by Somers-Willett, a number of photographs by Kenneally, and essays by both artists that are published in the Fall 2009 issue of Virginia Quarterly Review. The title poem from “Women of Troy,” presented alongside Kenneally’s powerful and intimate photographs, is also available on Vimeo and You Tube as a multimedia slideshow.

The audio installment of “Women of Troy” will be available on the Studio 360 website on Thursday, November 5 and will air on many public radio stations on November 6-8. For a complete listing of cities and times, visit the Studio 360 Station Listings page. A discussion with the artists about the project will occur in the weeks following the broadcast at, a Peabody Award-winning website dedicated to channeling innovative work in public radio.

Susan B. A. Somers-Willett is the author of two books of poetry, Quiver and Roam, and a book of criticism, The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race, Identity, and the Performance of Popular Verse in America. Her honors include the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship. Raised in New Orleans, she is an Assistant Professor teaching creative writing at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Visit her website at

Brenda Ann Kenneally is an independent photojournalist whose photos of Troy, New York, appeared in the 2009 World Press Photo exhibition. A chronicler of coming-of-age in post-industrial America, her project, “Upstate Girls: What Became of Collar City” was awarded first place at the World Press Awards for Daily Life Stories in 2009, and an honorable Mention at UNICEF Photo of the Year. Visit her website at:

The next In Verse installment features Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Natasha Trethewey and photographer Joshua Cogan as they cover the ongoing recovery on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. The Gulfport installment, entitled “Congregation,” will air on Studio 360 the weekend of November 12 and also appears in the Fall 2009 issue of Virginia Quarterly Review.

In Verse is possible though Public Radio Makers Quest 2.0, an initiative of AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Incorporated. This project is made possible with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In Verse is also generously supported by Virginia Quarterly Review. Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen is the broadcast partner for In Verse. In Verse was created by Ted Genoways and Lu Olkowski.

For more information, tune into In Verse on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry by Susan B. A. Somers-Willett Released


The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race, Identity, and The Performance of Popular Verse in America, has just been released by the University of Michigan Press and is now available for order from the publisher (1-800-343-4499, ext. 154) and local bookstores.

The long-anticipated volume is the first book of criticism to take slam as its subject, shedding light on the relationships that slam poets build with their audiences through race and identity performance and revealing how poets come to celebrate (and at times exploit) the politics of difference in American culture.

>> Read the article "Is Slam in Danger of Going Soft?" in the June 3, 2009 New York Times Arts Section

The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry

With a special focus on African American poets, Susan B. A. Somers-Willett explores the pros and cons of identity representation in the commercial arena of spoken word poetry and, in doing so, situates slam within a history of verse performance, from blackface minstrelsy to Def Poetry. What's revealed is a race-based dynamic of authenticity lying at the heart of American culture. Rather than being mere reflections of culture, Somers-Willett argues, slams are culture--sites where identities and political values get publicly refigured and exchanged between poets and audiences.

A veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene for over a dozen years, Somers-Willett holds a Ph.D. in American Literature and an MA in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Texas and is the author of two books of poetry, Quiver and Roam. In 2009, she joins the faculty at Montclair State University as Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing.

Marc Smith, founder and creator of the poetry slam, says of the book: "Finally, a clear, accurate, and thoroughly researched examination of slam poetry, a movement begun in 1984 by a mixed bag of nobody poets in Chicago. At conception, slam poetry espoused universal humanistic ideals and a broad spectrum of participants, and especially welcome is the book's analysis of how commercial marketing forces succeeded in narrowing public perception of slam to the factionalized politics of race and identity. The author's knowledge of American slam at the national level is solid and more authentic than many of the slammers who claim to be."

To request a review copy of The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry or receive more information about the book, visit or contact Michael Kehoe, Marketing Director, University of Michigan Press, 839 Greene Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209, Phone: 734-936-0388, E-mail:

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Quiver, Poems by Susan B. A. Somers-Willett, Now Available


Quiver, a book of poems by Susan B. A. Somers-Willett of Austin, Texas, has just been released by the University of Georgia Press and is now available for order from the publisher (1-800-266-5842) and local bookstores. The book is published as part of the highly-regarded Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR) Series in Poetry.

Established in 2008, the VQR Poetry Series strives to publish some of the freshest, most accomplished poetry being written today. The series gathers a group of diverse poets committed to using intensely focused language to affect the way that readers see the world. The series is edited by Ted Genoways, who has been the editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review since 2003.

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Somers-Willett will read from her book on Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 PM at the Avaya Auditorium at the University of Texas at Austin as part of the Michener Center for Writers Reading Series.  She will also read with National Poetry Series winner Anna Journey at Bookpeople in Austin on April 26 at 3 PM.  For more information about these and other upcoming readings, visit Somers-Willett’s website:

Quiver is a collection of poems that seeks to reconcile the empirical truths of science with the emotional truths of human experience. Through an ambitious set of poetic series and sequences, Somers-Willett reinvents the love poem, rendering an exquisite world where the graph of a mathematical equation can become the image of "love's witness / running with its arms open all the way home." Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes says of the book: “Somers-Willett is a poet as passionate and inventive as the radical thinkers she counts among her muses. Quiver is a marvel of exacting speculation and song.” For more about the book, visit:

Susan B.A. Somers-Willett is the author of another book of poetry, Roam (2006), and a book of criticism, The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race, Identity, and the Performance of Popular Verse in America (2009). She currently teaches poetry and creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin.

To order Quiver, please contact the publisher at (1-800-266-5842) or visit the University of Georgia Press website at:

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Somers-Willett Featured on Poetry Foundation Website’s Cover Story “Performing the Academy”


Today, the Poetry Foundation launched a new featured series of articles on its website, “Performing the Academy,” by Jeremy Richards. The first article, which debuted as the website’s cover story, features an interview with poet Susan B.A. Somers-Willett.

The series is aimed at examining the divide between the page and the stage by taking a closer look at poets who bridge performance poetry and academic practice. The cover story is the first of five articles in the series by Richards.

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Somers-Willett addresses issues such as how slam poetry is influencing the academy, what slam and the academy can learn from each other, and other topics from her forthcoming scholarly book, The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2008).

Somers-Willett’s poetry is also featured on this week’s Poetry Foundation podcast, to be released June 11.

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Virginia Quarterly Review Announces Writing Awards


Honoring the best writing to appear in its pages in the past year, the Virginia Quarterly Review today announced the winners of its annual writing prizes for 2006:

Susan B. A. Somers-Willett for "Darwin Strikes a Match," "First Sex," and "My Natural History" (Spring 2006 issue, pictured)

Binyavanga Wainaina for "Ships in High Transit" (Winter 2006 issue)
Dan Chaon for "Shepherdess" (Fall 2006 issue)

J. Malcolm Garcia for "Descent into Haiti" (Spring 2006 issue)
Dimiter Kenarov for "The Little Box that Contains the World" (Summer 2006 issue)

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The Emily Clark Balch Prizes for short story and poetry were established in 1955. Past recipients include Wendell Berry, John Berryman, Hayden Carruth, Carolyn Forché, Donald Hall, Mary Oliver, and May Sarton. The Staige D. Blackford Prize for nonfiction, established in 2003, is named for the seventh editor of VQR who retired in 2003 after guiding the magazine for 28 years. Each prize includes a monetary award of $1,000.

The Virginia Quarterly Review is an award-winning literary magazine published continuously since 1925 at the University of Virginia. Earlier this year, VQR was honored with two awards and six nominations for the prestigious National Magazine Awards.

For more information about the awards, contact Kevin Morrissey (434-924-3675, k.morrissey @ or visit the VQR website at

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Somers-Willett Featured in November/December 2006 Poets & Writers Magazine


Susan B.A. Somers-Willett of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is featured in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers magazine. She, along with eleven other authors, are profiled in “Finishing the First: A Dozen Debut Poets Who Sealed the Deal in 2006,” an article by Kevin Larimer highlighting the careers of debut poets in 2006.

“Finishing the First” is the second of a now-annual feature about debut poets in Poets & Writers magazine, a leading periodical in the writing and publishing industries. The article focuses on submitting and publishing a first book of poetry from the perspective of writers who have recently gone through the process.

Somers-Willett’s first book, Roam, was selected for the Crab Orchard Series Open Competition by Leslie Adrienne Miller and was published by Southern Illinois University Press in March 2006.

In the article, Somers-Willett says of the period in which she submitted her book to publishers: “The wait, however frustrating or full of dark hours, proved a time of exploration and self-investigation.” She reveals in the feature that she sent her manuscript out to over a hundred book contests over a period of seven years.

As a supplement to the story, Somers-Willett’s poem, “What the Doctors Forget to Tell You About Morphine,” appears on the Poets & Writers website:

Somers-Willett is currently completing a new manuscript of poetry, ‘Quiver,’ about the science, mathematics, and evolution of love and beauty. She teaches as a visiting fellow at the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Roam, Poems by Susan B.A. Somers-Willett, Now Available


Roam, a book of poems by Susan B.A. Somers-Willett of Champaign, Illinois, has just been released by Southern Illinois University Press and is now available for order from the publisher (618-453-6633). The book was selected from among hundreds of entries for the 2005 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.

The Crab Orchard Series in Poetry was established in 1998 to publish new and emerging poets. The series, which includes an open competition, a first book competition, and an editor’s selection, is a co-publishing venture between the literary journal Crab Orchard Review and Southern Illinois University Press.

The judge for the 2005 open competition was poet Leslie Adrienne Miller. Somers-Willett received a $1500 honorarium for a reading a Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and publication of her book.

Copies of Roam will also be available at the Associated Writing Programs Conference Bookfair in Austin, Texas, March 8-11. Somers-Willett will read from her book on Friday, March 10 as part of the conference. For more information about the AWP Conference events and upcoming readings, visit Somers-Willett’s website:

Roam explores the loss of a parent to cancer and the resulting uprootedness that loss can create. Poet Naomi Shihab Nye says of the book: “There’s a breathtaking, sly intellect at work in the luscious poems of Roam. Susan B. A. Somers-Willett spins an elegant geography of vast terrains and intricate histories. Her poems make unexpected landings and linkages everywhere.”

Susan B.A. Somers-Willett is also the recipient of the 2004 Ann Stanford Poetry Prize and the 2005 Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award. She currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities.

To order Roam, please contact the publisher at (618-453-6633) or visit the Southern Illinois University Press website at:

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Somers-Willett Named Winner of 2006 Robert Frost Poetry Award


Susan B.A. Somers-Willett of Champaign, Illinois has been named the recipient of the 2005 Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award for her poem, "The Effect of Light on a Woman's Body."

The award, given annually and now in its ninth year, is given to a poem of exceptional merit "written in the spirit of Robert Frost." Somers-Willett receives an invitation to read at the Annual Robert Frost Poetry Festival in Lawrence, Massachusetts and a $1,000 cash prize.

"The Effect of Light on a Woman's Body" was written about one of Andrew Wyeth's infamous "Helga" paintings, Overflow. The Helga paintings have been critically noted for their mastery of the nude female form and their exceptional use of light and shadow.

An audio link to the poem is currently available at the Frost Foundation website:

Susan B.A. Somers-Willett is also the recipient of the 2004 Ann Stanford Poetry Prize and her first book, Roam, is forthcoming from the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry in March 2006. She currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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