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Robert Thomas

Oakland
Robert Thomas’s BRIDGE (BOA Editions) received the 2015 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction. Frances Lefkowitz said in the San Francisco Chronicle: “The rushing thoughts, sense impressions, quirky language and crumbling boundaries all work to convey agonizing universal truths. And in this way, Alice reminds us of the truth about how hard it can be for anyone who’s really paying attention to survive in a world composed of such extremes of beauty and indifference.” Robert’s background (and foreground!) is as a poet: his first book, DOOR TO DOOR, was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize and published by Fordham, and his second book, DRAGGING THE LAKE, was published by Carnegie Mellon. He has received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and won a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Oakland (where he was born) with his wife and three cats.