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MMM Book Prize Winner Selected by Patrick Lawler.
Bio: Anne-Marie Cusac’s poetry has appeared in Poetry, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, The American Scholar, The Madison Review, and Crab Orchard Review. Her first poetry book, The Mean Days (2001) was published by Tia Chucha Press and won the Posner Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. A recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and a Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist’s grant, Cusac was for ten years an editor and investigative reporter for The Progressive magazine. Her investigative reporting there won several awards, including the prestigious George Polk Award. She is a professor in Communication at Roosevelt University and a contributing writer for The Progressive. Cruel and Unusual (Yale University Press, 2009) is her new nonfiction book.
Cover art by Adam Shaw @ abshaw.com
NEW LINK: Cusac on Levertov in Jacket magazine
"Denise Levertov was my teacher from 1989—1991. So, even if my country were not at war, I would still think of the many lessons she taught, and a few of those I resisted. But I would not find myself considering, over and again, the challenge and problem Levertov left for politically engaged poets who follow her: the tasks of acting responsibly and also writing poetry when one is a citizen of a powerful nation with a history of forcing acts of war upon weaker countries and their peoples. These were tasks Levertov faced with courage, urgency, and probably great heartache."