Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. Poised between myth and time, Philip Brady's TO BANQUET WITH THE ETHIOPIANS: A MEMOIR OF LIFE BEFORE THE ALPHABET is a sprawling, genre-defying verse epic, an audacious masterpiece of wit and erudition that blends Homer's discovery of the alphabet with a man's return from near death and a boy's struggle to see the adult world through the prism of an ancient epic.
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Philip Brady is the author of a memoir, a collection of essays, and four books of poems—WEAL (Ashland Poetry Press, 2000), TO PROVE MY BLOOD: A TALE OF EMIGRATIONS & THE AFTERLIFE (Ashland Poetry Press, 2003), FATHOM (Word Press, 2007), and TO BANQUET WITH THE ETHIOPIANS: A MEMOIR OF LIFE BEFORE THE ALPHABET (Broadstone Books, 2015). His work has been awarded the Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press, a Gold Medal from ForeWord, an Ohioana Poetry Award, fiveIndividual Artist Fellowships and a Governor's Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and a Thayer Fellowship. He is executive director of Etruscan Press and professor of English at Youngstown State University. He also teaches in the low- residency program at Wilkes University. He plays in the New-Celtic band, Brady's Leap.Author City: YOUNGSTOWN, OH USA