Lesley Wheeler, the Henry S. Fox Professor of English, added another feather to her cap: the Editors' Prize for "the most inspiring, jarring, outstanding, or just downright brilliant" submission from the journal Switchback, for her poem "Epistolary Art."
Appropriately enough, Lesley sets the poem in a classroom: "Keats thought letters could manifest / the wilful and dramatic exercise / of our minds toward each other. / The professor delivering him to us / is inside her paper, gray-gold head / bent down. Scratch of nib on / stationery, ghost of a thin cold hand."
Read all of "Epistolary Art," which appears in the Spring 2014 issue, on the Switchback website.
You can find Switchback, a biannual publication of the M.F.A. in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco, online and as an e-book.