Campus: CSU San Bernardino -- April 28, 2003
English Prof Pete Fairchild Wins Book Critics
Cal State San Bernardino English Professor B.H. “Pete” Fairchild
has won the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award for his book
of poetry describing the visions of dreamers.
Fairchild, a native of Kansas who has taught creative writing and poetry
at Cal State since 1983, received the award at a ceremony in New York
for his book, “Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest.”
The National Book Critics Circle consists of about 700 book reviewers
from across the United States.
Fairchild’s new book describes the visions of anguished dreamers
in his native Kansas—failed baseball players, oil field laborers
and a surrealist priest. Poet Anthony Hecht praised the book, saying
“There is no more lyric celebration of America’s grandeurs
and desolations… than this superb collection of poems.”
The author’s previous book of poetry, “The Art of the Lathe,”
won the Kingsley Tufts and the William Carlos Williams awards. It also
won the Arthur Rense Poetry Prize in 2002, carrying a $20,000 purse.
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