Paradise Valley resident honored at New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards

Luanne Castle (submitted photo)

Luanne Castle (submitted photo)

Luanne Castle of Paradise Valley won first place for her debut poetry collection, “Doll God,” at the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

“Doll God” studies traces of the spirit world in human-made and natural objects–a Japanese doll, a Palo Verde tree, a hummingbird. Her exploration leads the reader between the twin poles of nature and creations of the imagination in dolls, myth, and art, according to a press release.

Ms. Castle has been a Fellow at the Center for Ideas and Society at the University of California, Riverside. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside; Western Michigan University; and Stanford University.

Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in Barnstorm Journal, Grist, The Antigonish Review, Ducts, TAB, River Teeth, Lunch Ticket, Wisconsin Review, The MacGuffin, and other journals. She contributed to Twice-Told Children’s Tales: The Influence of Childhood Reading on Writers for Adults, edited by Betty Greenway.

Ms. Castle divides her time between California and Arizona, where she shares land with a herd of javelin, the release stated.

The awards are managed by the New Mexico Book Co-op and are judged by a group of librarians, teachers, booksellers and literary marketing experts.  The New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards honor the best books from authors and publishers from the southwest, as well as books about New Mexico or Arizona.

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