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Manhanttanville College Professor Nominated For Prestigious Poetry Award

Joseph Fasano
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PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Manhattanville College adjunct professor Joseph Fasano's collection of poems "Fugue for Other Hands" has been nominated by Linda Pastan for the Poets’ Prize, awarded annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award year.

Pastan is the recipient of many awards including the Dylan Thomas award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. An independent panel of 20 eminent American poets makes the nominations with each poet naming only two books from the thousands published by small presses and major publishing houses in the United States. Past winners of the prize include Adrienne Rich, Wendell Berry, Robert Wrigley, and Ellen Bryant Voigt.  "This nomination is particularly meaningful for me, as the Poets' Prize is administered entirely by poets, for poets,” Fasano said. “As a writer, I'm honored to hear that my work is being recognized by writers whose work I admire tremendously.” Fasano teaches academic writing and creative writing at Manhattanville and he is an adjunct assistant professor of Creative Writing in Columbia University's School of the Arts.  “Joe's writing is moving, deeply felt and delivered, his teaching alive and genuine,” said professor Jeff Bens, director of the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville. “We are lucky to have him with us.”  Fasano's most recent collection of poems is "Inheritance." His first book, "Fugue for Other Hands," won the Cider Press Review Book Award, and his book-length poem, "Vincent," based on the murder of Tim McLean, will be published in July 2015.

His poems have appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Boston Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, FIELD, Passages North, Measure and other publications.

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