D.A. Powell Wins the National Book Critics Circle Award
March 6, 2013
Poet D.A. Powell is the winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, for his fifth collection of poetry, Useless Landscape, or, A Guide for Boys. Powell is a graduate of the Writers' Workshop, and he has returned frequently to teach as a visiting faculty member, most recently for the Spring, 2012 semester.
National Book Critics Circle board member Gregg Barrios offered an appreciation of Useless Landscape, or, A Guide for Boys in the week preceding the awards ceremony, describing it as "a palimpsest to a younger, more idealized self, a guidebook that perhaps went unwritten as [Powell] - and scores of others - were growing up gay."
Or, as Powell himself has stated, "I meant it as a field guide to wildlife and wild life, both of which lurk in the bushes."