USF Sarasota-Manatee student nominated for Pushcart Prize

Michael Roderick (“Roddy”) Fosburg, a senior English and American Literature major, minoring in History at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his poem, “My Own Ending.”  The Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Presses series has been published every year since 1976 and is considered the most honored literary project in America.  The Pushcart Prize includes short stories, poems and essays and has featured writers such as: Raymond Carver, Tim O’Brien, Jayne Anne Phillips, Charles Baxter, Andre Dubus, Susan Minot, Mona Simpson, John Irving, and Rick Moody.

Dr. Valerie Lipscomb, Assistant Professor of English at USFSM, is proud of Fosburg for his nomination.  “Roddy has taken several of my classes, and he’s an excellent literature student.  His creativity is always evident in the classroom.  Roddy also is a member of our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta–the international English honor society–and is secretary/historian of our USFSM English Society.  He obviously has been putting his literature studies to good use, and we are extremely proud of his accomplishment,” she said.

Fosburg credits his coursework at USFSM for helping to expand his creativity.  “Majoring in literature has given me a firmer foundation on which to base my writing. I know so much more now about the English language and its classics, which has helped me to expand my creative horizons,” he remarked.  “I’d be a student forever if I could.”

Pushcart Prize editions can be found in most libraries and bookstores around the country.  To be nominated, little magazine and small book press editors may make up to six nominations from their year’s publications by December 1st.  Michael was one of six nominated by Niteblade, a horror and fantasy magazine.