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Rilke Prize Winner 2017

Wayne Miller’s Post-, published by Milkweed Editions, has won the 2017 UNT Rilke Prize. The $10,000 prize recognizes a book written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision. A Q&A and reception for Miller will be held on Wednesday, April 12, at UNT on the Square and a campus reading will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

In his powerfully meditative book, Post-, Wayne Miller negotiates a contemporary world—post-911, post-financial-breakdown, post-post-modern—in terms both intimate and cultural, bereaved and entranced, clear-eyed and restless with all it will not, cannot, apprehend. The sense of belatedness emerges as a transformative force, a complexity ever modified by our elegiac attempts at ritual and reconciliation. Language, our one foundation, forms the river-stones we cross and cross again.  As Miller states, “I realized// I was steering homeward/ the down payment/ of some house we might live in/ for the rest of our lives.” Even the future, or rather our adaptive framing of it, bears the weight of a distinctively post-traumatic American past.

Schedule of Events 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017:          6:30 p.m.

                                                   Q&A / Reception

                                                   UNT on the Square

Thursday, April 13, 2017:            8:00 p.m.

                                                  Reading & Book Signing

                                                  UNT Business Leadership Building, Room 180

Wayne Miller is the author of four collections of poems, including Post-, The City, Our City, The Book of Props, and Only the Senses Sleep. He is also a co-translator of two books from the Albanian poet Moikom Zeqo, and a co-editor of three anthologies, including Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century and New European Poets. His work has been named a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award, the 2012 Rilke Prize, and the PEN Center USA Award in Translation. He is the recipient of the George Bogin Award, the Lucille Medwick Award, the Lyric Poetry Award, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize, and a Fulbright to Queen’s University Belfast. Miller co-curates the Pleiades Press Unsung Masters Series with Kevin Prufer and is a professor of English at the University of Colorado Denver, where he edits Copper Nickel.

The judges also selected three finalists for this year’s Rilke Prize: Christopher Bakken’s Eternity & Oranges (University of Pittsburgh Press), Ruth Ellen Kocher’s Third Voice (Tupelo Press), and Dana Levin’s Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press).

The UNT Rilke Prize is offered by Creative Writing, Department of English and was founded in 2012. For more information about the prize and previous winners visit: http://english.unt.edu/creative-writing/unt-rilke-prize.