Benjamin S. Grossberg
Sweet Core Orchard
Winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry and the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Poetry.
Poet Benjamin S. Grossberg planted his own small orchard a few years ago near his home in Ohio and called it Sweet Core Orchard, a resonant name that became the title of his second book of poetry and winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Tampa Review judges praised the book for its “compelling affirmation of the longer poem . . . brilliant lyrical and thematic arcs, rich use of archetype and symbol, and heartening honesty.” Poet and critic Edward Hirsch, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, describes it as “a brave, unabashed, at times theological, and utterly exuberant collection of poems. This book is a beautiful orchard, and there is a sweet wild energy at its core.”
In addition to Sweet Core Orchard (University of Tampa Press, 2009), winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry and a Lambda Literary Award, Ben is the author of Space Traveler (University of Tampa Press, 2014) and Underwater Lengths in a Single Breath (Ashland Poetry Press, 2007), winner of the Snyder Prize. He has also published two chapbooks, An Elegy (Jacar Press, 2016) and The Auctioneer Bangs His Gavel (Kent State University Press, 2006), and co-edited an anthology, The Poetry of Capital (University of Wisconsin Press, 2020). His poems have appeared widely, including in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. He is Director of Creative Writing and a Professor of English at the University of Hartford.