Dr. Michael Lavers has won the 2018 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry for his book, After Earth. He won $2000 (who says poetry doesn’t pay?) and publication by the University of Tampa Press in 2019.
Tampa Review judges praised Dr. Lavers’ poetry for its lyricism and intelligence:
“After Earth constructs a fascinating perspective on our planet and our lives. On one hand it is tender, personal, and intimate—a father singing a lovely lullaby for his newborn infant—and on another it is breathtakingly cosmic, detached, and nearly post-apocalyptic—looking at Earth as a blip in a science fiction spacetime multiverse unfolding in terms of light years and infinite distances. The author draws from a reservoir of scientific, theological, and literary sources to build a structure for the book with something of the architectural strength and uplifting decorative beauty of a gothic cathedral.”