PSU English Professor Wins Poetry Book Prize

January 15th, 2009 by Adam

PSU English Professor Liz Ahl has won the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook prize. Her chapbook, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, is a collection of poetry about human interaction with the natural world.

“I’m thrilled to see my poems arranged in such a beautiful book,” said Ahl. “The letterpress cover and hand-binding, along with several other special details, make the books themselves a pleasure to look at and hold.”

A chapbook is a small book or pamphlet containing poems, ballads, stories or religious tracts.

“A Thirst That’s Partly Mine is a deeply satisfying chapbook in which the individual poems add up to much more than the sum of their parts,” said Grace Bauer, author of Retreats and Recognitions and The Women at the Well.

ccording to Robin Becker, author of Domain of Perfect Affection and the The Horse Fair, “Liz Ahl brings a naturalist’s close observation and a metaphysician’s dry wit to poems about our lived experiences in the natural/physical world.”

Slapering Hol Press is housed at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing a community in which literary writers and those who love literature celebrate the creative process. The Press, named from the old Dutch for Sleepy Hollow, was established in 1990 to advance the national and international conversation of poetry and poetics, principally by publishing and supporting the work of emerging poets. For more information about the Slapering Hol Press, go to

Ahl will be reading from the chapbook on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Pease Public Library in Plymouth. Copies of the chapbook provided by the PSU Bookstore, will be available for purchase and signing.

Ahl’s poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Women’s Review of Books, The Laurel Review, The Formalist, Southern Poetry Review, North American Review and other literary journals and anthologies. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.F.A. from Emerson College. She has performed her work in collaboration with musicians and dancers, and has also created hand-set letterpress broadsides of her work and the work of others. She teaches writing at Plymouth State University.

A Thirst That’s Partly Mine is now available directly from the press, via Amazon, or at the PSU Bookstore.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes