Competition: US & Canada
Bob Hicok, currently a professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, has published five books of poetry. Mr. Hicok worked as an automotive die designer and an administrator of computer systems before becoming a professional poet. He received an M.F.A. from Vermont College in creative writing, and has taught on the faculty of Western Michigan University and Queens University of Charlotte. His first book, The Legend of Light (University of Wisconsin Press, 1995), received the Felix Pollack Poetry Prize and was selected as an ALA Notable Book of the Year. His other works include Plus Shipping (BOA Editions, 1998); Animal Soul (Invisible Cities Press, 2004), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Insomnia Diary (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004); and This Clumsy Living (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007), which received the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress. Mr. Hicok has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, three Pushcart Prizes, the Jerome J. Shestack Prize, and the Anne Halley Prize.