Philip Metres, Ph.D., John Carroll University professor of English, has received a 2014 Arab American Book Award for “A Concordance of Leaves
” (Diode Press, 2013). In this book-length poem, Metres recalls his 2003 visit to the village of Toura in the Palestinian West Bank on the occasion of his sister’s wedding to a resident of the village. Metres teaches literature and creative writing in the Department of English
. He has written a number of books, including the forthcoming “Sand Opera
” (Alice James Books, 2015), winner of the 2013 Beatrice Hawley Award; the chapbook “abu ghraib arias” (Flying Guillotine, 2011), winner of the 2012 Arab American Book Award; and “To See the Earth
” (Cleveland State, 2008). His work has appeared in Best American Poetry and many other journals and anthologies. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a Watson Fellowship, four Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Anne Halley Prize, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and a Creative Workforce Fellowship.