Faculty member Matt Rasmussen's book of poems Black Aperture has been longlisted for the National Book Award. Black Aperture is the author’s first book of poems and the winner of the 2012 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.
"Destructive and redemptive, Black Aperture opens to the complicated entanglements of mourning: damage and healing, sorrow and laughter, and torment balanced with moments of relief."
UPDATE: Rasmussen has been shortlisted and is now one of five finalists. The winner of the National Book Award for Poetry will be announced on November 20 in New York City.