Seattle poet J.W. Marshall is the 2007 winner of the prestigious Field Poetry Prize from Oberlin College.
Marshall, 55, will receive $1,000 as well as publication of his first full-length collection. Oberlin University Press has scheduled March for release of his volume, titled "Meaning a Cloud."
Word of the award arrived the day after his longtime dog, Sandy, died. "There were a lot of emotions those two days," Marshall said, co-proprietor of Open Books, the poetry-only bookstore in Wallingford, with his wife and fellow poet, Christine Deavel.
This is wonderful news, and well-deserved. (Though so sad about the dog!)