Poetry. KINGDOM OF THROAT-STRUCK LUCK by George Kalamaras is the winner of the 11th Annual Elixir Press Poetry Awards. Contest judge, Jenny Mueller, had this to say about the book: "These poems are like nobody else's: in their intimacy, in their strictness, in their magic invocation of multiplying transformations, in their combination of fluidity and concretion, in their rigorous refusal to close up a constant opening, and, yes, in their accessibility. Open to any page and marvel."And Andrew Joron writes: "George Kalamaras, like every one of us, has a tongue in his head—but seeing it come alive, like a bird or a bell, in KINGDOM OF THROAT-STRUCK LUCK, we realize its multiplicity: this poet has a tongue working in every part of his body. Indeed, his poetry portrays the slow, delirious dissolve of the body—with its Death and Eros—into tongues of flame. In the scenario of these poems, self surrenders to its other, and beyond that, to its otherness. Kalamaras's revision of American surrealism brings together the distant realities of Eastern serenity and Western black humor, a meeting so fraught that at times it dislocates syntax. The bassline of his couplets walks us over the Abyss."
George Kalamaras, former Poet Laureate of Indiana (2014- 2016), is Professor of English at Purdue University Fort Wayne (formerly Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne), where he has taught since 1990. His ten books of poetry include LUMINOUS IN THE OWL'S RIB (Dos Madres Press, 2019), KINGDOM OF THROAT-STUCK LUCK (2011), winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize, The Theory and Function of Mangoes (2000), winner of the Four Way Books Intro Series, GOLD CARP JACK FRUIT MIRRORS (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2008), EVEN THE JAVA SPARROWS CALL YOUR NAME (Quale Press, 2004), and WE SLEPT THE ANIMAL (Dos Madres Press, 2021). He has also published seven poetry chapbooks and a book of critical theory, Reclaiming the Tacit Dimension: Symbolic Form in the Rhetoric of Silence (State University of New York Press, 1994). He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1993) and two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission (2011 and 2001). During 1994, he spent several months in India on an Indo-U.S. Advanced Research Fellowship. He lives with his wife, writer Mary Ann Cain, and their beagle, Bootsie, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.Author City: FORT WAYNE, IN USA