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Dr. Philip Metres, a professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program at John Carroll, was named the recipient of the 2019 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry by the editors of the Beloit Poetry Journal.

His submission, “When It Rains in Gaza,” will appear in the Fall 2019 issue of the BPJ.]

“I’m so grateful of having my poem chosen by Patricia Smith, a poet whose work I admire, for the Adrienne Rich Award, herself a poet of great courage whose work spoke truth to power, who made audible the voices of those who had been silenced,” Metres says. “I’m doubly happy that the poem will be published not only in the esteemed Beloit Poetry Journal, but also in my forthcoming book, “Shrapnel Maps.”

Metres has written 10 books, including “Shrapnel Maps,” which will be published by Copper Canyon in 2020.

The Beloit Poetry Journal has been in publication since 1950, and honors Adrienne Rich Award winner recipients annually. Learn more about the 2019 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry here.