Finalist, Georgia Author of the year
Poetry. Women's studies. Alice Friman's THE BOOK OF THE ROTTEN DAUGHTER contains "astonishing poems which fearlessly jump into hell and out again, that resent or forgive," writes poet Marianne Boruch, "poems which wryly, exactly and so richly honor the world of the living." Friman draws on her experience as caregiver for her aging mother and father, exploring such topics as nursing homes, osteoporosis, guilt, grief, the enduring power of familial relationships and the transcendent power of art. "The book isn't about death but about the living's reaction to it," Friman says. "The 'Rotten Daughter' has at least pulled something out of the fire. She has created something."
Alice Friman, a New York native, now lives in Milledgeville, Georgia. Her other books include Zoo (winner of the Ezra Pound Poetry Award), Inverted Fire, Reporting From Corinth, and four chapbooks. Her work has appeared in such publications as Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, and The Georgia Review. She is professor emerita at the University of Indianapolis and presently teaches at Georgia College & State University, where she is the poetry editor of Arts & Letters. She lives with her husband, Bruce Gentry, editor of the Flannery O'Connor Review.
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