Paul Hostovsky Wins the 2015 FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize
THE BAD GUYS by Paul Hostovsky is judged the best full-length poetry book published by FutureCycle Press last year
ABOUT THE BOOK
Who are the bad guys, anyway? Which one is the good fight? In Paul Hostovsky’s eighth book of poetry (and the third from FutureCycle Press) there are poems about suicide bombers and high school bullies, capricious exes and ecstatic bums, fastidious drug-dealers and contemplative alcoholics, evil stenches and spiritual moms; poems about the Republicans, the mega-hospitals, the brusque and bearded anesthesiologists, and the lady who gave out pencils on Halloween. Plus a host of other unlikely, often likable, always loveable, candidates. The poems in this collection are by turns funny and poignant, formal and free verse—a villanelle here, a pantoum there, and lots of loosey-goosey sonnets peppered throughout. Thomas Lux has said: “Hostovsky’
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fans of the Writer's Almanac may already be familiar with Hostovsky's work. He is the author of seven previous books of poetry: Selected Poems (2014), Naming Names (2013), Hurt Into Beauty (2012), A Little in Love a Lot (2011), Dear Truth (2009), Bending the Notes (2008), and Sonnets from South Mountain (2001). His poems have won a Pushcart Prize, two Best of the Net awards, the Muriel Craft Bailey Award from The Comstock Review, and five poetry chapbook contests. He has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer's Almanac, and he was a Featured Poet on The Georgia Poetry Circuit. He makes his living in Boston as a sign language interpreter and Braille instructor. He lives in Medfield, Massachusetts with his wife, Marlene, and two stepchildren, Josh and Amber.
AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK AND KINDLE EDITIONS
Those who have not yet met this extraordinary poet could not do better than to start with The Bad Guys. For the prize announcement and links to purchase this winning collection in either paperback (from the press estore) or in Kindle format (on Amazon), visit our catalog at www.futurecycle.org.
Diane Kistner, Director