Tobin wins Massachusetts Book Award

Allison Teixeira

October 20, 2011

Former Interim Dean of Emerson’s School of the Arts Dan Tobin has won the 2011 Massachusetts Book Award in poetry for his book Belated Heavens.

Tobin’s book, along with the other Massachusetts Book Award recipients, was formally presented to the State Library at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Center for the Book on October 20 at the Massachusetts State House. Tobin read three poems from his book at the ceremony.

Dan Tobin
Dean Dan Tobin read poetry from his book Belated Heavens at a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House Grand Staircase.

“I feel tremendously honored [to have received this award], given the lauded tradition of poetry in the Commonwealth and the exceptional community of contemporary poets currently living and working in the state,” said Tobin.

Belated Heavens is Tobin’s fifth collection of poetry. It spans prehistory to modern Manhattan, Neanderthals “cowering in caves” to a man snoring in Penn Station as if he’s “swallowed an espresso machine.” The poems run the gamut from form to free verse and delve into timeless themes of violence, destruction, and endurance.

Belated Heavens, was also named a "Must-Read" in the annual Massachusetts Book Awards program last spring.