Announcement via Gateway Community College
I am pleased and proud to announce that our own Professor Franz Douskey’s latest book, “West of Midnight: New and Selected Poems,” has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Two publishers nominated Douskey’s book for a Pulitzer Prize in poetry, including his publisher, New York Quarterly Foundation, which publishes about 40 books a year and is directed by Raymond Hammond. Winners will be announced in the spring.
Some of his writing has been performed by Frederica Von Stade of the Metropolitan Opera Company, The Yale Glee Club and The Heaths. He also coordinates artistic events at GCC through the Esther Haseltine Schiavone Endowment Fund, which was established in 2006 through the Gateway Community College Foundation by Schiavone’s daughter Jennifer Schiavone. Along with writing, Franz also produces radio shows for WQUN 1220 AM.
Please join us in congratulating Franz on this remarkable distinction.
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Gateway Community College
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A long overdue collection, West of Midnight: New & Selected Poems, by Franz Douskey, places new works alongside pieces drawn from a decades-spanning career to illustrate the breadth of an influential and singular voice in poetry. Franz Douskey's insights are uniquely his, his voice direct and his imagination meteoric. Douskey has lived long and large. He has published in Rolling Stone, the Nation, The New York Quarterly, The New Yorker and Las Vegas Life. His readings and travels with such notables as James Dickey, Allen Ginsberg, Ai, Charles Bukowski, and F. D. Reeve are legendary. The poems are rich in wit, irreverence and a furious honesty. Everything is autobiographical. From intimate relationships, political quagmires, baseball and eroticism, Douskey wields an acerbic wit and a delicate command of tone to dive into the contradictions that make us human. From the haunted urban alleys of a turbulent childhood to his rhapsodic journeys through the nocturnal deserts of the Southwest, Douskey revels both in the absurdity of modern civilization and the heart-stopping beauty of the natural world.
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