Tim Seibles’ book, “Fast Animal,” has been the recipient of much critical acclaim since its publishing (Etruscan Press) in 2012.
A finalist for the 2012 National Book Award, the book vibrantly vignettes the poet’s life from his childhood in Philadelphia to adulthood with acutely affective form.
Although it’s been two years, “Fast Animal” has not stagnated. Seibles was selected by three judges for the 13th triennial Saginaw Valley State University Board of Fellows Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, the Midland Daily News in Saginaw, Mich. reported July 3.
“I’m pretty amazed by this award,” Seibles wrote in a Facebook post. “It’s a sweet lift to the soul when your work is smiled upon like this.”
Seibles will read from his book and received the prize Nov. 11 at the Triennial Poetry Prize Celebration during the community-wide Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival from Nov. 7-12 at SVSU.
The prize is named for the late, titular Saginaw poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for “The Waking” in 1954. It has been awarded to poets for a particular collection published in a specific three-year period and includes a $10,000 cash prize.
Seibles is a faculty member of Old Dominion University where he teaches undergraduate English courses and in the master of fine arts creative writing program. He serves as a teaching board member at the Muse Writers Center and works part-time in the Stonecoast master of fine arts writing program at the University of Southern Maine.