The Griot-Stadler Prize for Poetry is awarded for an unpublished poetry manuscript by a black US poet who has previously published at least one book of poetry. The prize is a joint project of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies, the Stadler Center for Poetry, and the Bucknell University Press.
The winner of the Griot-Stadler Prize for Poetry will receive a $500.00 cash prize and publication of the winning manuscript by Bucknell University Press. The 2011-2012 final judge of the Griot-Stadler Prize was Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Tretheway.
PLEASE NOTE: Manuscripts written by Bucknell University students, alumni, faculty or staff are NOT eligible.
Myronn Hardy (M.F.A. Columbia University) is the author of two previous books of poetry: Approaching the Center, winner of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award and The Headless Saints, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, FIELD, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. He divides his time between New York City and Morocco.
Catastrophic Bliss thematically contemplates the longing to understand connections and disconnections within a world ever more fragmented yet interdependent. With allusions to Dante, Stevie Wonder, Fernando Pessoa, and Marianne Moore, these poems move from the tumultuous to the sublime: a pitbull killing an invading thief, two people on a New York City subway playing chess, to an imagined Barack Obama writing poems to his father. Myronn Hardy's third collection comprises war, place, love, and history all yearning to be reconciled.
Edward Bruce Bynam
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