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Robert Gibb wins Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry

Robert Gibb, author of Among Ruins, is the winner of the 2017 Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry. This book is the final volume of Homestead Works, a collection of four books of poetry that explore the industrial past and legacy of the old steel town of Homestead, Pennsylvania, and, by extension, Pittsburgh. Robert Gibb’s haunting historical narratives capture the Steel City, “Where the crucible mills poured fire, / Slag erupted nightly above the other shore.” The ruins in this book are various—personal, historical, cultural—and are filtered through a variety of perspectives, including the poet’s own as well as those of visual artists (Aaron Harry Gorson and Lewis Hine) who have made Pittsburgh their subject and artists (James Whistler, Eugène Atget, J. M. W. Turner) who...

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Book recalls Bishop of Baghdad’s abduction in 2006

Saad Sirop Hanna, the Apostolic Visitor for Chaldeans Residing in Europe, the auxiliary bishop of the Chaldean Patriarchate of Baghdad, Iraq, and visiting researcher in the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, has published a new book titled Abducted in Iraq: A Priest in Baghdad This firsthand account of Hanna’s abduction by a militant group associated with al-Qaeda starts on August 15, 2006, after he celebrated Mass in Dora, Baghdad. The book charts Hanna’s twenty-eight days in captivity as he struggles through threats and torture, escapes into the Tigris River and is recaptured, and deals with the unknown to piece together what little information he has in a bid for survival. Hanna’s plight attracted international attention after Pope Benedict XVI requested prayers...

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