CAConrad’s The Book of Frank Wins Gil Ott Book Award
(Philadelphia, PA) CAConrad’s The Book of Frank is the recipient of the Gil Ott Book Award (Chax Press, 2009). The Gil Ott Award honors the legacy of poet, publisher, and social activist Gil Ott.
Judges for the award include Nathaniel Mackey, who received the National Book Award in 2006 for Splay Anthem (New Directions, 2006). Myung Mi Kim, Eli Goldblatt, and Charles Alexander also judged the poetry contest.
CAConrad published Deviant Propulsion in 2006 with Soft Skull Press, and has a book with the same publisher due to be released in June of 2009 titled, advanced Elvis course. The poems in Deviant Propulsion were compared to Allen Ginsberg by a writer for Publishers Weekly. Eileen Myles said of Deviant Propulsion, “I’m a huge fan of CAConrad’s poems… [he] is boldy recruiting all of us to commit the / muscle / to love. Is the opposite of a hate crime a love crime? Well, this is it.”
He is ranked among his contemporaries as a poet with vision and originality. Visit http://bookoffrank.blogspot.com to read page samples, reviews, and to order through Small Press Distribution. Alan Gilbert writes about this new book, “The title character in CAConrad’s The Book of Frank becomes an adult only after his mother dies, but even as a child he was prone to mystic visions. Now, he makes up movies in his head that people pay to watch from inside his body. He might as well be a poet. In his candid portrayal of human cruelty and its resultant fantasies of escape, CAConrad has written that rarest of poetry books—a gripping page-turner.” Legendary poet and Naropa Writing Program co-founder Anne Waldman, says of The Book of Frank and the poet, “CA is very good news as a raconteur, poet, performer and activist and makes news daily with his dedicated Outrider passion and ‘alternative path’ imagination.”
CAConrad has performed at universities and other venues across the US, and has also taught his (Soma)tic Poetry Workshops, most recently at Saint Marks Poetry Project in New York City. He performed at the Allen Ginsberg and Frank O’Hara birthday celebrations at St. Marks, and will be performing at the Jack Spicer celebration at St. Marks in May of this year. His audio and video archive are featured at PENNSOUND http://caconradmp3.blogspot.com/, a project of The Kelly Writer’s House at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
His blog, http://CAConrad.blogspot.com features interviews, essays about writers, performance and visual artists, written and audio samples of his own poetry, and details what is uppermost in his creative thoughts. For universities, art centers, organizations, bookstores and individuals who want to book a performance, email CAConrad13@aol.com or call 215-563-3075.
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