Sand Opera - Philip Metres
Poetry Honorable Mention
Sand Opera emerges from the dizzying position of being named but unheard as an Arab American, and out of the parallel sense of seeing Arabs named and silenced since 9/11. Polyvocal poems, arias, and redacted text speak for the unheard. Metres exposes our common humanity, while investigating the dehumanizing perils of war and its lasting effect on our culture.
Philip Metres is an award-winning poet, translator, scholar, and activist. He received a Ph.D. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University and now is professor in the Department of English at John Carroll University. His poetry has garnered two NEA fellowships, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, five Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Anne Halley Prize, the Arab American Book Award (2012 and 2014), and the Cleveland Arts Prize.