2013 DAVID MARTINSON – MEADOWHAWK PRIZE WINNER
Chad Hanson, a resident of Casper, Wyoming, and author of two previous books of creative non-fiction about trout and trout fishing, here applies his considerable talents to the prose poem, evoking an abundance of interesting characters and interesting experiences, from Medicine Bow to Boulder, from the Midwest to the West Coast, disclosing those odd moments-often absurd, often profound-when life pauses and the imagination jumps at a chance to improvise. In describing the emergence of the giant stoneflies in the poem ‘Salmonfly Armada,’ Hanson could just as well be describing the workings of the poems in Patches of Light: “They swim to the top. They wrestle with their skeletons. When the great bugs finish with the ordeal, they fly.”
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Chad Hanson serves as Chairman of the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. His creative nonfiction titles include Swimming with Trout (University of New Mexico Press, 2007) and Trout Streams of the Heart (Truman State University Press, 2013).