WALLA WALLA, Wash.— “Friendly Fire,” a collection by Katrina Roberts, Mina Schwabacher Associate Professor of English (creative writing) and Humanities at Whitman, has won the Idaho Prize for Poetry 2007 and will be published by Lost Horse Press next year.

Roberts’ first book of poems, “How Late Desire Looks,” won the Peregrine Smith Prize. “The Quick,” her second book, was chosen by Linda Bierds for the “Pacific Northwest Poetry Series” (University of Washington Press), and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Roberts’ work has appeared and is forthcoming in journals and anthologies such as Ploughshares, Northwest Review, New England Review, Rune, Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Book of Poetry.

A graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Roberts joined the Whitman faculty in 1998. She is the creator and director of the college’s Visiting Writers Reading Series which brings established and emerging writer to share work with the community. Roberts is affiliated with the Institute for Writing & Thinking at Bard College, with the Northwest Writers Institute (& the Fir Acres Program) at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, and with the Portland State University’s Haystack Program in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Roberts and her husband, Jeremy Barker, are the proprietors of and winemakers for Tytonidae Cellars in Walla Walla.

CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156
Email: parishlj@whitman.edu