English Department Alumnus Wins Prestigious Book Award

By Daniel Bowman Jr. Published: Jun 11, 2014

Jordan Zandi ('07)

Taylor University English alumnus Jordan Zandi '07 has been named winner of a major national creative writing book award: the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry from Sarabande Books. Zandi was recognized for his work, Solarium.

The contest judge was Henri Cole, critically acclaimed poet and recent Pulitzer Prize finalist. Cole, former executive director of The Academy of American Poets, said of Zandi's poetry collection:

"Solarium is a completely original gem of a book...there is a sweet spirit haunting his guileless poems. [Zandi's] inner world is always interacting with the outer world, and as a result everything seems to be shining.”

Read the official announcement from Sarabande here.

After graduating from Taylor, Zandi went on to complete an MFA in creative writing at Boston University, where he was the recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship to Bolivia. He was also an Elizabeth Leonard Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the Boston Arts Academy. He currently teaches at Bunker Hill Community College in the Boston area.