It’s a singular recognition to have your poetry collection named as the “most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year,” but that’s what happened with Brooklyn Antediluvian by poet Patrick Rosal. The Academy of American Poets awarded the collection the Lenore Marshall Prize, which carries with it $25,000 and a special printing for all academy members. Not to mention the publicity.
Rosal, an associate professor of creative writing at Rutgers University – Camden, has three previous poetry collections: Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (2003); My American Kundiman (2006); and Boneshepherds (2011). His poems have been published in a wide array of literary magazines and journals, including Tin House, Poetry, New England Review, American Poetry Review, Grantland, and The Best American Poetry. He became a Fulbright Award recipient in 2009, and his poetry has received numerous awards and recognitions. He’s served on the faculty of the Kundiman summer retreat for Asian-American writers; two poems in Brooklyn Antediluvian included the word “Kundiman” in their titles. He lives in Philadelphia.
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