Rasmussen’s Black Aperture is National Book Award Finalist

Posted on October 16th, 2013 by

Matt Rasmussen '98

Matt Rasmussen ’98

After being named to the National Book Award Longlist in mid-September for his debut collection of poems titled Black Aperture, Visiting Professor of English and 1998 Gustavus graduate Matt Rasmussen was named one of five finalists for the National Book Award in Poetry on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The National Book Award is one of the nation’s most prestigious literary prizes and has a stellar record of identifying and rewarding quality writing. In 1950, William Carlos Williams was the first winner in Poetry, and the following year William Faulkner was honored in Fiction. The National Book Foundation’s mission is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America.

You can read more about Rasmussen and Black Aperture, by reading a previous story posted on the Gustavus website.


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  1. Peg O'Connor says:

    Way to go, Matt!

  2. Judy says:

    Congratulations, Matt! Very happy for you.