(Kocher, Ruth Ellen - 2014) -- PEN Open Book Award
Professor Kocher was co-winner of the PEN Open Book Award for her book of poems titled domina Un/blued. The award recognizes an exceptional book length work of literature by an author of color. Publisher Tupelo Press describes domina Un/blued as a work that “dislocates the traditional slave narrative, placing the slave’s utterance within the map and chronicle of conquest....Kocher’s award-winning new book reaches beyond the story of historical involuntary servitude to explore enslavements of devotion and desire, which in extremity slide into addiction and carnal bondage.” Kocher is also the author of a number of other books, including When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering, winner of the Green Rose Prize in poetry; and Desdemona’s Fire, winner of the Naomi Long Madget Award for African American poets. Her poems have been translated into Persian in the Iranian literary magazine She’r and have appeared or are forthcoming in various anthologies. Kocher has also received CU Boulder’s Kayden Book Award for domina Un/blued.