The Hermit Poet

January 9, 2008

The Lost Country of Sight Wins the Philip Levine Prize

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I am pleased to announce that my first book manuscript The Lost Country of Sight has just won the Philip Levine Prize!

Thank you CSU Fresno, Anhinga Press, and the readers and judges for the Philip Levine Prize! I’m going to be busy for a bit sending out withdrawal notices to all the other competitions — but that’s the kind of busy work I don’t mind.

This manuscript has grown and evolved so much over the past year — I am proud of what it has become and now, as it gets ready to enter the world on its own two feet, I am excited for where it will go. I’m grateful as well that I was able to share so much of this book with my father while he was alive and that the poems I wrote after his passing have also found their place within its pages. For all its journeying through loss, darkness, sorrow, love, and returning, it’s ultimately something I think he would be proud of as well.

Edit:  Thank you all for your many kind comments and messages!  Best wishes with your own writing and publishing efforts — hoping that this is a great year for you as well.

19 Responses to “The Lost Country of Sight Wins the Philip Levine Prize”

  1. Christine Aitken Says:

    Yes, Neil, your father will be so proud of you. I know he always knew the day will come when your work will be recognized. I am so happy and proud for you too. Congratulations.


  2. Oliver Says:

    Oh, that’s wonderful news, Neil! I can’t wait to read it!


  3. Lee H. Says:

    Congratulations, Neil! I am so happy for you. I can’t wait to read it.

  4. Anne Says:

    Fabulous news — congratulations!!!

  5. Jeannine Hall Gailey Says:

    Congrats Neil! That’s huge! Go and celebrate!

  6. C. Dale Says:


  7. Mary Says:

    On behalf of the BOR editorial staff, I’d like to give you a big high-five, Neil! Many, many congratulations!

  8. bjr Says:

    great news, neil, congratulations!

  9. Peter P Says:

    Congratulations! Wonderful news.

  10. Karen Weyant Says:

    WOW! Great News! Can’t wait to read your book! Congrats.

  11. Cindy King Says:

    YAY! That’s so awesome Neil! Congratulations.

  12. Justin Says:

    Congratulations from a total and complete stranger!

    Great news!

  13. Ivy Says:

    Yay, Neil! Congratulations on your book’s imminent publication! Well done. 🙂

  14. Rona Says:

    congrats neil – you deserve it! can’t wait to see the book.

  15. Francisco Aragon Says:

    Congratulations, Neil! You book sounds like a collection I will be able to empathize with. I look forward to reading it. And thank you for the gracious host that you were during my visit to UC Riverside a couple of years ago.

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  17. Collin Kelley Says:

    Congrats, Neil!

  18. LaReen Says:

    Awesome news Neil- I look forward to reading it.

  19. Jon Pineda Says:

    Neil, wonderful news! Congratulations!!! Looking forward to reading it.

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