Nonfiction. "For those of us who have followed Lewis Turco's inventive and engaging poems over the years, SHAKING THE FAMILY TREE is a welcome revelation. His reminiscences of youth and family offer warmth and insights into a body of work that tracks his coming to terms with a heritage and legacy of veracity. One can see one's own self in the events and situations he so carefully describes. For those who may be introduced to Turco by these accounts, they offer a valuable guide to an always lively, changing, and challenging writer" -Jerome Mazzaro, University of California, Davis.
Lewis Putnam Turco is a prolific author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He is the founder of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center, and the creative writing program at the State University of New York College at Oswego. Turco's first book of criticism, Visions and Revisions of American Poetry, won the Melville Cane Award of the Poetry Society of America, and his A BOOK OF FEARS: POEMS, with Italian translations by Joseph Alessia, won the first annual Bordighera Poetry Prize. He is also the author of three additional titles published by Bordighera Press: SHAKING THE FAMILY TREE: A REMEMBRANCE (1998), LA FAMIGLIA: THE FAMILY (2009), and THE HERO ENKIDU (2015). Turco received the John Ciardi Award for lifetime achievement in poetry.Author City: BUFFALO, NY USA