UC Berkeley lecturer, John Shoptaw, releases first poetry collection

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John Shoptaw’s first poetry collection, “Times Beach,” intertwines narrative with landscape to memorialize the Mississippi River watershed. Awarded the 2015 Notre Dame Review Book Prize, Shoptaw’s complex volume is undeniably a tribute to place. His lush language blends strangers’ accounts, literary history and his Mississippi River Basin childhood to trace
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