- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20090215 - Floydskloot

Floyd SklootPaterson Poetry Prize finalist Floyd Skloot on Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost with host Rustin Larson Sunday 10:30 am/Monday 1:30 pm

 Floyd Skloot is a creative nonfiction writer, poet, and novelist whose work has appeared in such distinguished magazines as The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Poetry, American Scholar, Georgia Review, Sewanee Review, Southern Review, Boulevard, Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Creative Nonfiction, and Shenandoah.

His fifteen books include the memoirs In the Shadow of Memory (University of Nebraska Press, 2003), A World of Light (University of Nebraska Press, 2005), and The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life (University of Nebraska Press, 2008); the poetry collections The Evening Light (Story Line Press, 2001), Approximately Paradise (Tupelo Press, 2005), The End of Dreams (Louisiana State University Press, 2006), Selected Poems: 1970-2005 (Tupelo Press, 2008), and The Snow's Music (Louisiana State University Press, 2008); and the novels Summer Blue (Story Line Press, 1994) and Patient 002 (Rager Media, 2007).

He contributes book reviews to the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, New York Times Book Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Harvard Review, Sewanee Review and other publications, and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Floyd’s awards include the PEN USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction; the Independent Publishers Book Award in Creative Nonfiction; two Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Awards in poetry; Oregon Book Awards in both Creative Nonfiction and Poetry; three Pushcart Prizes; two appearances in The Best American Essays and The Best American Science Writing, and once each in The Best Spiritual Writing, The Best Food Writing, and The Art of the Essay; and residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation’s study center in Bellagio, Italy, and the Heinrich Böll Cottage on Achill Island, Ireland. His books have also been finalists for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the PEN Award for the Art of the Essay, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. In May, 2006 he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Franklin and Marshall College, his alma mater.

Floyd has taught at the Mid-Atlantic Creative Nonfiction Summer Writers Conference at Goucher College and the Paris Writers Workshop. In February 2009, he will teach at the South Coast Writers Conference in Gold Beach, Oregon.

He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Beverly Hallberg, a master gardener and landscape painter, whose light-filled works cross between impressionistic and abstracted styles. Her paintings grace the covers of Floyd's books, Approximately Paradise, The End of Dreams, Selected Poems: 1970-2005, and The Snow's Music. See her work at www.beverlyhallberg.com.

Floyd’s daughter, Rebecca Skloot, is a widely published nonfiction writer completing her first book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, forthcoming from Crown Books in 2010. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Oprah Magazine and Popular Science. She teaches creative nonfiction writing in English Department at the University of Memphis. Visit her website at www.rebeccaskloot.com.

Skloot is represented by Andrew Blauner, Blauner Books Literary Agency, 124 West 60th Street, #37L, New York, NY 10023 (212) 462-4310. Contact him at: Blauner@aol.com.