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Katherine Bode-Lang, The Reformation

Selected by esteemed poet Stephen Dunn, The Reformation by Katherine Bode-Lang is the winner of the 2014 APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Katherine's poetry has been published in numerous journals, including The Mid-American Review, Beloit, The Cincinnati Review and Subtropics. In 2008, her chapbook, Spring Melt (Seven Kitchens Press), placed second in the Keystone Chapbook Contest and earned the New England Poetry Club's Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award.

Bode-Lang's poems have been described as "fierce and lyrical," tackling the subjects of family mythology, place, and love. As Stephen Dunn notes in his introduction, "One of the classic tricks of actors is when you want to get the attention of your audience, you lower, not raise, your voice. Katherine Bode-Lang's work is not a trickóher lowered voice kept attracting me."

Katherine was born and raised in western Michigan. She attended Hope College, graduating with a dual degree in English and Women's Studies. She earned her MFA at Penn State, where she is the assistant director of The Methodology Center, an NIH-funded research center focused on public health. She lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, Andrew, and their cat, Grace.

Congratulations to Katherine!

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