Book Release Party to be Held for Professor Lamson

BETHANY, W.Va. — A release party will be held on the Bethany College campus for Assistant Professor of English, Brandon Lamson’s 2012 Juniper Prize winning collection of poetry “Starship Tahiti” from 4-6 p.m. on April 12 in the academic parlor.

Lamson will give a reading of his work and will be followed by a reception where collection will be available for purchase and signing. Words & Music Bookshop from Stratford Springs in Wheeling will also be selling books at the event.

“Starship Tahiti” is Lamson’s first book of poems. A 2010 graduate of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, he is also the author of a chapbook of poems titled “Houston Gothic,” which was published in 2007. His work is also in a forthcoming analogy to be published this year titled “Poets for Living Waters: An International Response to the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Lamson taught for three years at an alternative school on Rikers Island in New York and has also been a finalist for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and his poems have appeared in numerous journals and reviews including Brilliant Corners, Nano Fiction, Pebble Lake Review and Hunger.

In 1975, the University of Massachusetts Press established the Juniper Prize for Poetry, an annual award for a selected manuscript of poems to be published. The award is named in honor of the poet Robert Francis (1901-1987), who for many years made his home at Fort Juniper in Amherst. The winning poet now receives a prize of $1,500. All submissions are judged anonymously by a panel of distinguished poets. Submissions are accepted Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 every year.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.