Poet Will Read From Prize-Winning Work

Posted April 25, 2005 at 4:03pm

B.H. Fairchild, the 2004 winner of the prestigious Bobbit Poetry Prize, will receive his award and read a selection of his works at a ceremony Wednesday night at the Library of Congress.

The Bobbit award, a $10,000 prize given out biennially, recognizes the most distinguished book of poetry written by an American and published during the preceding two years. The prize is donated by the family of the late Rebekah Johnson Bobbit, sister of President Lyndon Johnson. This year’s Bobbit award is the eighth to be given out.

Fairchild, a Texas native who now lives in California, is being recognized for his 2003 book, “Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest,” which was also the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Some of Fairchild’s other works include “Local Knowledge,” “The Arrival of the Future” and “The Art of the Lathe.”

Wednesday’s ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. in the Montpelier Room of the Library’s James Madison Building. For more information, call (202) 707-5394.

— John McArdle