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Northwestern Poetry Kudos

Distinguished writer-in-residence is candidate for L.A. Times Poetry Prize

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March 17, 2011 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Ed Roberson, distinguished artist-in-residence at Northwestern University, has been named a 2010 Los Angeles Book Prize finalist.

Roberson received the nomination in poetry for “To See the Earth Before the End of the World,” a volume of 120 new poems published by Wesleyan University Press. The winner of the Poetry Society of America’s 2008 Shelley Memorial Award and the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award, Roberson explores themes of race, history and culture through his writing.

“I’m not trying to create a new language,” said Roberson in a 2006 interview with Chicago Postmodern Poetry. “I’m just trying to un-White-out the one we’ve got.”

Roberson teaches writing in the English department of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and in the MA/MFA in creative writing program in the School of Continuing Studies. He is the author of nine books of poetry, including “Atmospheric Conditions,” which was chosen for the 2000 National Poetry Award series. His poems have been included in “Best American Poetry.”

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes will be awarded April 29 in Los Angeles.
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