Claremont, Calif. (March, 30, 2016)—Professor Brent Armendinger’s book, The Ghost in Us Was Multiplying (Noemi Press, 2015), is selected as a finalist for the 2016 California Book Award in poetry. The 85th Annual California Book Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, June 13, 2016 at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.
The Ghost in Us Was Multiplying, explores the nature of language and the relationship between ethics and desire, between what is intimate and what is public.
Armendinger is an associate professor of English & world literature at Pitzer, teaches creative writing and courses such as Writing the Body and Poetic Forms and Innovations. He is the author of two chapbooks, Archipelago and Undetectable. He studied at Bard College and the University of Michigan, where he received an Avery Hopwood Award in Poetry. His poems have appeared in many publications, including Aufgabe, Colorado Review and Denver Quarterly. He has taught at Pitzer since 2008.
The California Book Awards recognize the state’s best writers and illuminate the wealth and diversity of California-based literature each year. The California Book Awards began in 1931 with two gold medals – one for a work of fiction and one for nonfiction. Through the years, several more categories have been added along with the inclusion of silver medals. Currently the categories consist of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, juvenile literature, young adult literature, first work of fiction, Californiana and notable contribution to publishing.