Competition: US & Canada
Philip Metres is the author of ten books, including Shrapnel Maps (Copper Canyon, 2020), The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuge and Resistance (University of Michigan, 2018), Pictures at an Exhibition (University of Akron, 2016), Sand Opera (Alice James, 2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (Cleveland State, 2015), Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), To See the Earth (Cleveland State, 2008), and Behind the Lines: War Resistance on the American Homefront (University of Iowa 2007).
His work—poetry, translation, essays, and criticism—has garnered a Lannan fellowship, two NEA fellowships, six Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Hunt Prize, the Adrienne Rich Award, three Arab American Book Awards, the Watson Fellowship, the Lyric Poetry Prize, and the Cleveland Arts Prize. Metres has been called “one of the essential poets of our time,” whose work is “beautiful, powerful, magnetically original.” His poems have been translated into Arabic, Farsi, Polish, Russian, and Tamil.
He is professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program at John Carroll University. He lives with his family in Cleveland, Ohio. Check out his website and Twitter and Instagram @PhilipMetres.
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