MT staffer wins poetry book honor

Mail Tribune page designer/copy editor Steve Dieffenbacher's 2012 book, "The Sky Is a Bird of Sorrow," has won a Bronze Award for Poetry from ForeWord Reviews, which represents more than 600 publishers nationwide.

The book was among the winners in various fiction and nonfiction genres that were selected after months of deliberation from 1,300 entries in 62 categories.

The Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in each category, as well as Editor's Choice Prizes for fiction and nonfiction, were announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago on June 28. ForeWord's Book of the Year Awards program was designed to honor distinctive books from independent publishers.

"The Sky Is a Bird of Sorrow" was published by Wordcraft of Oregon in La Grande.

Dieffenbacher has worked for the Mail Tribune since 1989.

His poem "Emptiness" won the 2010 poetry prize from Cloudbank magazine of Corvallis, and his poem "Night Singer, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico," which is among the poems featured in "The Sky Is a Bird of Sorrow," was a 2013 finalist for the Spur Award for Best Western Poem from the Western Writers of America.

ForeWord Reviews, a quarterly print journal established in 1998, is dedicated exclusively to reviewing independently published books to provide booksellers, librarians, agents and publishing professionals with critiques of the best titles from small, alternative and academic presses.

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