Benjamin A. Grossberg, an associate professor of English, has been honored with a national Lambda Literary Award. His book of poems, Sweet Core Orchard, (University of Tampa Press), was selected as the winner of this year's Lambda Literary Award for Poetry. Grossberg accepted the award last month at a ceremony at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City.
Sweet Core Orchard was chosen from an impressive list of finalists, including Breakfast with Thom Gunn by Randall Mann (University of Chicago Press); The Brother Swimming Beneath Me by Brent Goodman (Black Lawrence Press); The First Risk by Charles Jensen (Lethe Press); and What the Right Hand Knows by Tom Healy (Four Way Books).
Grossberg's poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including Paris Review, Southwest Review, American Literary Review, North American Review, and many others. His first book, Underwater Lengths in a Single Breath, won the 2005 Snyder Prize and was published by Ashland Poetry Press in 2007. His previous awards include a Pushcart Prize as well as several literary arts grants.
The Lambda Literary Awards have been sponsored annually for more than two decades by the Lambda Literary Foundation, which nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers.