Poetry. African American Studies. Ed Roberson's eighth full-length book of poetry, THE NEW WING OF THE LABYRINTH, is a taut, intricately interwoven series of poems that present an unsentimental yet harrowing encounter with the finality of life: "where do we go / but to die into immunity in this life / the thousand deaths that evolve us." As Michael Palmer has written, "Ed Roberson offers us, up front, the nerve-edge of poetic speech, sequences of the unanticipated, as poetry of real significance is meant to do."
Ed Roberson's eleven previous books of poetry include JUST IN: WORD OF NAVIGATIONAL CHALLENGES (Talisman House, Publishers, 1998), CITY ECLOGUE (Atelos, 2006), THE NEW WING OF THE LABRYRINTH (Singing Horse Press, 2009), MPH AND OTHER ROAD POEMS (VERGE Books, 2021) and the Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist and Kingsley-Tufts Award runner-up To See the Earth before the End of the World (2010). A former Special Programs administrator at Rutgers University's Cook Campus, Roberson has lived in Chicago since 2004 and is an emeritus professor in Northwestern University's MFA creative writing program. He has also held posts at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Cave Canem retreat for Black writers. His honors include the Jackson Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, and the African American Literature and Culture Association's Stephen Henderson Critics Award.Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA