Ryan Wilson wins prize for first book, among other honors

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We’re so proud to share this update from Ryan Wilson (Poetry ’08)! Ryan’s first book, The Stranger World, was awarded the 2017 Donald Justice Poetry Prize. The book is out in hardcover via Measure Press / West Chester University Poetry Center. Hearty congratulations, Ryan!

In addition to his book, Ryan has had a slew of other pieces accepted for publication. His essay “Eliot’s Magic” appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of The Hopkins Review, and his essay “The Polyvocal Poet: Tradition, Translation, and the True Original” will be in the Birmingham Poetry Review, which will also feature his original poem, “Lemons.”

Ryan has a number of other original poems forthcoming: “Complainte du Miroir” in the Winter 2017 issue of Innisfree Poetry Journal, “Yo La Tengo” in the Summer issue of Five Points, and “For a Dog” in the October issue of The Yale Review. Ryan also published perhaps the first English-language bref double, “Face It,” in the March 2017 issue of The New Criterion.

Ten of Ryan’s translations (including versions of Dante, Baudelaire, Catullus, Giovanni Pascoli, Rilke, and Verlaine) as well as a short essay, “Love Strong as Death: On the Poetry of The Song of Songs,” appear in the Candlemas 2017 issue of Dappled Things.  He also published three translations (Horace’s second and fifth epodes and Baudelaire’s Au Lecteur) in the Winter 2017 issue of Unsplendid, and he has two forthcoming translations from Horace’s odes: ode ii.3 in Measure and ode ii.10 in Able Muse. Ryan also published a short prose tribute to the poet, Dave Smith, in the current issue of Five Points, alongside similar contributions from Richard Ford, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Helen Vendler, Charles Wright, and others.

Finally, Ryan has just launched issue 9.3 of Literary Matters , the online journal he edits for the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, completing his first volume (3 issues) for the journal. Over the past year, Literary Matters has published writers such as: David Bottoms, David Bromwich, Kelly Cherry, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Erica Dawson, David Ferry, Rachel Hadas, Ernest Hilbert, Joan Houlihan, Jee Leong Koh, Brad Leithauser, Marjorie Perloff, A.E. Stallings, Jean Valentine, Rosanna Warren, and David Yezzi, alongside a number of current and former B.U. students. Congratulations, Ryan!

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