Geisler Library Writers Reading (Central College, Pella, IA) presents poet in residence Bob Hicok who will read from his work Thursday, March 13 at 7:30pm in the Cox-Snow Recital Hall.
Bob Hicok's latest book, Elegy Owed, is a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. The NBCC will decide the winner, and the prize will be awarded on March 13th the night of his appearance at Central College. The other finalists in the poetry category are Frank Bidart, Lucie Brock-Broido, Denise Duhamel, and Carmen Gimenez Smith.
Elegy Owed was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013 to critical acclaim. Hicok, who teaches in the English Department's undergraduate and graduate programs, was previously a finalist for the NBCC award for his 2001 volume Animal Soul.
Elegy Owed is Hicok's seventh collection of poetry. His previous collection was Words for Empty and Words for Full (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010). This Clumsy Living (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007) was awarded the 2008 Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress and published in a German translation by Luxbooks in 2013. His other books are Insomnia Diary (Pitt, 2004); Animal Soul (Invisible Cities Press, 2001); Plus Shipping (BOA, 1998); and The Legend of Light (University of Wisconsin, 1995), which received the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and was named a 1997 ALA Booklist Notable Book of the Year. A recipient of six Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim and two NEA Fellowships, his poetry has been selected for inclusion in eight volumes of Best American Poetry, including the upcoming Best of the Best American Poetry.