Wednesday, March 20, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - Hostos Associate Professor of English, Carl Grindley won the Ravenna Press' 2nd Annual Cathlamet Prize for Poetry for his book "Lora and The Dark Lady." This is Grindley’s second published book of poetry, and his previous works include three published novellas and appearances in over 50 creative writing journals.
“Lora and The Dark Lady” takes two of poetry’s most compelling figures, the heroine of Petrarch’s sonnets and Shakespeare’s mysterious mistress, and re-imagines and re-configures them as characters in a disturbed and technologically-threatening world.
Provost Carmen Coballes-Vega said, “We are proud of Professor Grindley and congratulate him on this accomplishment.”
Carl Grindley is an Associate Professor of English at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College; and a Consortial Associate Professor of General Education and Community Leader of Historical, Global and Civic Studies at The School of Professional Studies at The City University of New York.
Founded in 1999 in Seattle and now based in Spokane, Washington, with some 65 titles to its credit, cherishes the original and inventive. Many of their titles have been selected for university coursework. They are proud to have published several international writers for the first time in English, including Mario Bellatin (Mexico) and Luis Benitez (Argentina.) Their books have been reviewed in Kirkus, The American Book Review, Rain Taxi, and many other venues. Named after the famous city of mosaics in Italy and the Seattle neighborhood in which they originated, Ravenna Press prides itself on its eclecticism and on bringing together the discerning reader and books that are well-written, handsome, creative, and unique.
The Cathlamet prize is named for a small, southwest Washington town on the Columbia River where the Finnish immigrant grandparents of Ravenna's founder, Kathryn Rantala, farmed and struggled at the turn of the prior century. They were an artistic, persevering family, and the prize is meant to honor them.
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students. The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.
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