A recipient of the Jackson Poetry Prize and the Stephen Henderson Critics Award for Achievement in Literature, Roberson has also won a Los Angeles Times Book Award, the 2008 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the 1998 National Poetry Series Award, and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award. In 2017, he received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. Formerly a professor of literature and creative writing at Rutgers University, Roberson now resides in Chicago, where he has taught at the University of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. He is currently artist-in-residence at Northwestern University. In January 2023, Roberson was elected to become a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Just In: Word of Navigational Challenges: New and Selected Work
This volume is a chronicle of Roberson's works from 1970 and beyond, marked throughout by a language derived from the rhythms of speech and the natural world.
"Ed Roberson offers us, up front, the nerve-edge of poetic speech, sequences of the unanticipated, as poetry of real significance is meant to do. This generous and much-needed selection graphs the development of a poet committed to the articulation of a resistant, multi-faceted identity. It should affirm his place, at last, as one of the most deeply innovative and critically acute voices of our time." - Michael Palmer