Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Stonecoast MFA Program Faculty Member Nominated for National Book Award

University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program Faculty Member Tim Seibles has been nominated as a 2012 National Book Award Finalist for his book of poetry Fast Animals

The National Book Awards are chosen from among all the books written by American citizens and published by American publishers during the previous year.  The winners in each of five categories are awarded $10,000 and become permanent members of the National Book Foundation. Past winners include literary giants William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Updike, Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker, and Annie Proulx.

Publishers Weekly says of Seibles and his work “…from one of America’s foremost African-American poets [Seibles] threads the journey from youthful innocence to the whittled-hard awareness of adulthood. Along the way it immerses the reader in palpable moments – the importance of remembering, the burden of race, and the meaning of true wakefulness.”

Seibles is the author of five books of poetry: Body Moves, Hurdy-Gurdy, Kerosene, Ten Miles an Hour, and Hammerlock, and has been teaching at the Stonecoast MFA Program for the past seven years. Stonecoast student Alan King commented on working with Siebles and the nomination, “When I struggled during my first semester with how detailed I wanted to be, Tim offered this bit of advice: 'We love soloists for what they give us, not what they hold back.' That’s become my mantra whenever I approach the page. I am excited for Tim!"

For the complete list of Finalists visit http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2012.html - .UHWU_47Dd8s.