Boise's first poet laureate a finalist for top literary award

doland@idahostatesman.comSeptember 19, 2013 

Who is Diane Raptosh?

Born and raised in Nampa, she is a poet and a professor of creative writing at College of Idaho. This year she was named Boise’s first poet laureate and Idaho’s Writer in Residence, a two-year appointment by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Now she’s a 2013 National Book Award finalist. “Thirteen is so my lucky number,” she said.

What is the National Book Award?

It was established in 1950 as the first award given by writers to their peers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. Raptosh’s book-length narrative poem, “American Amnesiac,” is on the “long list.” Winners will be announced Oct. 16.

What is it about?

“American Amnesiac” tells the manic journey of John Doe, a man stripped of memory who must confront being an American in an age of corrupt corporations, media frenzy and global conflict. Buy it at Rediscovered Book Shop on N. 8th Street.

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