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Reading and book launch for Carroll poet is March 16

March 1, 2013

WAUKESHA, WIS.— B.J. Best, assistant professor of English at Carroll University, published a book of poetry inspired by video games, “But Our Princess is in Another Castle,” with Rose Metal Press. Written for gamers and non-gamers alike, the book’s levels explore how our past virtual lives can inform our present ones. A coming-of-age narrative turned love story turned philosophical journey, “But Our Princess Is in Another Castle” contains vivid, smart poems as lyrical as they are imaginative.

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, Best will have a book release party and reading at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee. The event begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Best is the author of two previous books of poetry: “State Sonnets” (sunnyoutside, 2009) and “Birds of Wisconsin” (New Rivers Press, 2010), winner of the Many Voices Project competition and an Outstanding Achievement in Poetry award from the Wisconsin Library Association. He also has published three chapbooks with Centennial Press, most recently “Drag: Twenty Short Poems about Smoking,” as well as numerous poems in literary magazines, including “Denver Quarterly,” “Hayden’s Ferry Review,” “Nimrod,” “North American Review,” “Quarterly West” and “Sentence.” Best holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He serves on the editorial board for Verse Wisconsin, has received eight Pushcart Prize nominations, was the inaugural Featured Artist in Cream City Review, and has twice been a finalist to serve as Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate.

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Contact: Jess Owens 262-951-3104

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