Bangor Daily News, one of Maine's best and most-read newspapers, ran a very positive article on my chapbook, Rebellion, which won 1st place in the Medulla Review competition. This following link will take you right to the nitty gritty:
REBELLION Press Release
In case you are shy about clicking on a nocturnal purple font, the entire article is reprinted below.
The following links are related to the article, and give biographical information and details about my artistic-philosophical sense:
Rebellion for sale at Medulla's website
A poem from Rebellion read online by Nic Sebastian of Whale Sound
(If nothing else, I strongly recommend you listen to Nic Sebastian at the above link. It is the best reading of one of my poems. Period)
Here is the Bangor Daily News article, in full.
Thanks for reading. Feel free to leave a comment under the article on the BDN site. That would be most wonderful and might even make me attempt a backflip.
Lubec poet wins national competition
Posted Jan. 03, 2012, at 1:19 p.m.
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Poet Chris Crittenden of Lubec won first place in Medulla Publishing’s national competition for his chapbook “Rebellion.”
The editor writes that Crittenden “is a master of brilliant metaphors, vigorous verbs, and universal socio-spiritual concepts. He creates a unique world … and challenges gods, wars, machines, and the psychology of-being and everything.”
The title is based on a chapter from Dostoevsky’s “The Brother’s Karamazov,” in which the foundations of reality are put to devastating tests. All the poems have been previously published in various journals. To whet your literary appetite, an audio version of the lead-off poem, “The Gods Reflect On Creation,” is available free online, read by the sonorous bard Nic Sebastian of Whale Sound.
The prize includes 30 free copies and a share of royalties from sales on the Medulla website. Crittenden is a seasoned writer with more than 600 poems published, including work in Portland Review, Atlanta Review, Disquieting Muses and Chelsea. His poem “Protest” is anthologized in the upcoming collection “Liberty’s Vigil, the Occupy Anthology: 99 poets in the 99%” from Foothills Publishing. He teaches ethics and philosophy courses for the University of Maine at Machias and lives with his wife, artist Shanna Wheelock, in Lubec.