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Author of the Month

Amplified Dog

Amplified Dog

Charles Harper Webb, professor, English

Webb’s latest book of poems, Amplified Dog, winner of the $3,000 Benjamin Saltman Prize, has just been published by Los Angeles-based Red Hen Press. “Red Hen is a highly energetic press that is making a big splash in the world of poetry,” stated Webb. The same could be said for Webb’s poems. “I’ve admired the warm weirdness and eccentric brilliance of Charles Harper Webb’s poems for many years,” said National Book Award winner B.H. Fairchild. (The title poem of this collection, for instance, describes what happens when, over a loudspeaker, a dog begins to bark uncomfortable truths to humankind.)

“There’s always a freshness and generosity to the poems of Charles Harper Webb,” said celebrated poet Tony Hoagland. “They convince us of the healing powers of language and imagination.” Webb hopes that his poems will give readers greater understanding and enjoyment of their lives.“I want to make the world seem new,” he says.“I want to present a series of visions and images which readers may not have encountered before, but which they recognize as strangely familiar–and ultimately, life-affirming.” Winner of the 1997 Morse Prize for Reading the Water and the 1999 Felix Pollak Prize for Liver, Webb’s other books include Tulip Farms and Leper Colonies (BOA, 2001) and Hot Popsicles (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005.)

His Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology is used in college classrooms across the country. Recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University, as well as major fellowships from the Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations, Webb earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology and his M.F.A. in professional writing from USC, his M.A. from the University of Washington, and his bachelor’s degree from Rice University. He joined CSULB in 1984.