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November 9, 2011

Carroll professor receives literary award for poetry

WAUKESHA, WIS.—B.J. Best, instructor of English at Carroll University, received an Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Award from the Wisconsin Library Association for his book of poetry, “Birds of Wisconsin.” His collection won the 2009 Many Voices Project competition sponsored by New Rivers Press, which published the collection in November 2010.

Best teaches courses in poetry, fiction, creative writing, rhetoric and composition at Carroll. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, is vice president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and serves on the board for “Verse Wisconsin,” a literary journal based in Madison. Other publications include “Drag: Twenty Short Poems about Smoking,” “State Sonnets,” “Mead Lake, This” and “Crap.” “But Our Princess Is in Another Castle” will be published by Rose Metal Press in 2013 and “Yes” is forthcoming from Parallel Press in 2014. Best has received seven Pushcart Prize nominations for his poetry.

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