Roberson is the author of numerous books of poetry, including To See the Earth Before the End of the World (2010), City Eclogue (2006), Atmosphere Conditions (1999), which was chosen by Nathaniel Mackey for the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Award, andVoices Cast Out to Talk Us In (1995), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. Words and phrases in Roberson’s experimental poetry actively resist parsing, using instead what Mackey has called “double-jointed syntax” to explore and bend themes of race, history, and culture. “I’m not creating a new language. I’m just trying to un-White-Out the one we’ve got,” said Roberson in a 2006 interview with Chicago Postmodern Poetry.
Poet and critic Michael Palmer has called Roberson “one of the most deeply innovative and critically acute voices of our time.”
Roberson’s honors include the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award. His work has been included in Best American Poetry.
The Sawtooth Poetry Prize competition opens January 1, 2015 and closes for submissions on March 1, 2015.
[Bio information from The Poetry Foundation.]