The Goats Songs (Univerity of North Texas Press, 2018) by Boston College Associate Professor of English James Najarian, has been awarded the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. Najarian’s debut collection is inspired by his upbringing on a farm in Pennsylvania and offers reflections on nature, animals, and his extended Armenian family. A reviewer for the New York Journal of Books writes, “Najarian takes a risk, breaks with conformity, and succeeds.” Najarian teaches 19th-century literature at BC, where he edits the scholarly journal Religion and the Arts. His poem “The Dark Ages” received the Frost Farm Poetry Prize in Metrical Poetry.
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