The National Books Critics Circle recently announced its book awards finalists for 2011. Among the finalists is poet Forrest Gander, who was nominated for his latest book Core Samples From the World. Gander asked Malcolm Grear Designers to provide the graphic design and structure of his book. The book is a compilation of poetry, photographs, and haibun (a Japanese form of essay-poem).
While collaborating with photographers Raymond Meeks, Graciela Iturbide, and Lucas Foglia, Gander takes the reader to various countries to view familiar and foreign environments and to explore relationships. Donald Revell of the The Colorado Review writes “Gander's sharp sense of place has made him the most earthly of our avant-garde, the best geographer of fleshly sites since Olson.”
Gander has degrees in geology and English literature. His recent books include As a Friend, Eye Against Eye, and Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho. He has received fellowships from the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting Foundations. He is currently a professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Brown University.
Winners of the award will be announced at a awards ceremony on March 8 at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York.