Etruscan book named award finalist

Etruscan Press, founded by Youngstown State University English Professor Philip Brady, has announced that Tim Seibles’ poetry collection, Fast Animal, has been named one of five 2012 National Book Award Finalists in Poetry.

The awards ceremony and selection of the National Book Award Winners will take place at Cipriani Restaurant in New York on Nov. 14.

Seibles lives in Norfolk, Va., where he is a member of the English Department and MFA writing faculty at Old Dominion University. He is a teaching board member of the Muse Writers Workshop. He also teaches part-time for the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA in Writing Program, a low-residency program that features writers from all over the country.

Seibles was a Poetry Center Outreach Program Visiting Writer at YSU earlier this year, offering 11 readings, workshops and seminars at YSU, East High School, and Early College during his five-day visit.

Etruscan Press is an independent non-profit publishing company dedicated to sustaining a dialogue among genres and cultures. Etruscan has published 42 titles in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and literary criticism. Etruscan books have won the ForeWord Magazine Gold Medal in fiction, National Endowment for the Arts Translation Award, and the Poetry Society of America’s First Book Award. Fast Animal is Etruscan’s third National Book Award Finalist, following William Heyen’s Shoah Train in 2004 and H.L. Hix’s Chromatic in 2006. Both Heyen and Hix, along with 12 other Etruscan authors have visited YSU as part of the Poetry Center Reading Series and/or Outreach Program.

For more information, visit or contact Brady at 330-941-1952.