Orlando Ricardo Menes, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program, recently was named winner of the 2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for his manuscript, Fetish, which will be published by the University of Nebraska Press.
Founded in 1927, Prairie Schooner is a national literary quarterly published with the support of the English Department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
“Menes is an accomplished poet who has managed to evolve a language that seems determined to encapsulate the broadest and most compelling notion of America that embraces both the northern and southern continents,” Prairie Schooner editor Kwame Dawes says. “His poems reveal a formal dexterity that is awe inspiring, and his poems are rich with delight and full fascination with the human experience.
“His is a bold and inventive imagination. Our readers, we believe, will share our enthusiasm for Fetish.”