Mills Professor Wins Poetry Center Book Award
Oakland, CA–August 12, 2014 Mills College English Professor Stephen Ratcliffe’s book Selected Days (Counterpath Press, 2012) has been selected by an anonymous award judge to receive the Poetry Center Book Award.
Presented annually since 1980 by the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, the Poetry Center Book Award is given to a single outstanding book of poetry published in the previous year. The prestigious award carries a cash prize and an invitation to read, along with the award judge, at the Poetry Center in San Francisco.
Ratcliffe has taught at Mills College for 30 years. His poetry has been widely published in books and journals, and his small press, Avenue B, has published the writings of innovative contemporary poets including Maxine Chernoff, Jackson Mac Low, Clark Coolidge, Jena Osman, Susan Gevirtz, Elizabeth Willis, and Ron Padgett.
Ratcliffe has been the recipient of the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Poetry, as well as awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fund for Poetry. His recent publications include: PAINTING (Chax Press, 2014); CLOUD/RIDGE (BlazeVox, [books], 2011); Conversation (Bootstrap Press/Plein Air Editions, 2011); HUMAN/NATURE, Remarks on Color/ Sound, and Temporality (Editions Eclipse, 2011); Reading the Unseen: (Offstage) Hamlet (Counterpath, 2010); and REAL (Avenue B, 2007).
Ratcliffe will receive his award and read from Selected Days on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 4:30 pm at the Poetry Center, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco.