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Joshua Gage ’02
Poetry / VanZeno, 2008
Michael Dylan Welch writes, “Gage’s haiku celebrate the common with immediacy and honesty; each poem is a fresh breath to save your life.”
Robyn Schiff ’95
Poetry / University of Iowa, 2008
Schiff’s poetry reckons with the foreboding objects displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and traces of their ghosts many years later. A dirge on the Singer sewing machine and a breathless account of Ralph Lauren’s Porsche 550 Spyder are among the collection’s exhilarating corporate histories and fantasias.
Kai Jackson Issa ’89
Howard Thurman’s Great Hope
Children’s / Lee and low, 2008
Howard Thurman devoted his life to promoting racial equality and social justice. Jackson skillfully wraps his biography into an enjoyable story accessible to young readers.
Richard Morais ’81
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Fiction / HarperCollins, 2008
Chef Hassan Haji recounts his journey from his family’s modest eatery in Mumbai to his elegant restaurant in Paris, where he conquered the world of French haute cuisine. Full of eccentric characters and delicious meals, his tale reveals a truism that bedevils any man: the costs of rising to the top are only revealed later in life.