American author and professor Tim Seibles received the 13th triennial Saginaw Valley State University Board of Fellows Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize in 2014.
Three judges appointed by the United States poet laureate selected Seibles for his book Fast Animal, a collection of work that threads life's journey from childhood to adulthood. The text was also a 2012 National Book Award finalist. He has authored four other books of poetry including Buffalo Head Solos. One of that collection's poems, "Harvest Moon," was highlighted in the Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Public Poetry Project in 2011.
A native of Philadelphia who now resides in Norfolk, Virginia, Seibles serves on the faculty of Old Dominion University in the English and the Master of Fine Arts in Writing departments. He also serves as a teaching board member of the Muse Writers Workshop and works part-time at the University of Southern Maine in the Stonecoast M.F.A. in Writing Program.
Seibles planned to visit SVSU during the community-wide 2014 Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival, from Friday to Wednesday, Nov. 7-12. He was honored at the Triennial Poetry Prize Celebration Tuesday, Nov. 11, when Seibles read from his collection of poems. He also attended a number of other events relating to the festival.
The 2014 Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival was made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.