USF poet longlisted for National Book Award in Poetry
TAMPA, Fla. – Professor Jay Hopler, Professor of English, has been
longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award in Poetry. His nominated book, The Abridged History of Rainfall, is forthcoming from McSweeney’s
(November 15, 2016).
The Abridged History of Rainfall
, a mourning song for Hopler’s father, is an elegy of uproar, a careening
hymn to disaster and its aftermath. In lyric poems, by turns droll and
desolate, Hopler documents the struggle to live in the face of great loss,
a task that sends him ranging through Florida's torrid subtropics, the
mountains of the American West, the streets of Rome and the Umbrian
countryside. Vivid, dynamic, unrestrained: The Abridged History of Rainfall is a festival of glowing saints
and fighting cocks, of firebombs and birdsong.
“Being longlisted for the National Book Award in Poetry is an amazing
honor,” says Hopler. “Not to mention a surprise. I’m still sort of in shock
about the whole thing.”
Other longlisted poets include Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and U.S. Poet
Laureate Rita Dove and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet and
National Medal of Arts recipient Donald Hall. The finalists will be
announced on October 13, 2016. The winner will be announced at National
Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York City on November 16,
Hopler teaches MFA and undergraduate courses in poetry at the University of
South Florida. His previous book of poems, Green Squall (Yale
University Press, 2006), won the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award,
among other honors. His most recent book, Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (edited
with Kimberly Johnson), was published by Yale University Press in October
2013. To learn more about Hopler’s work, visit his website: http://www.jayhopler.com.
For more information on USF's creative writing program in the Department of
English, contact Program Director Rita Ciresi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of South Florida’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative
Writing is a graduate-level program offering concentrations in poetry,
fiction and creative nonfiction. The program emphasizes the craft of
writing and concentrates on students’ original work. For more
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