​​Surprising creativity and an impressionable perspective have made University of Colorado Denver Professor Nicky Beer’s first book, The Diminishing House, winner of the Colorado Book Award for poetry. Her book was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press (2010), and has been well received by critics and poetry-lovers throughout Colorado and the United States. This award joins a large and esteemed group of recognitions that Professor Beer has received for her writing.

The Colorado Book Awards is an annual program that honors the best books with Colorado writers as primary contributors. The program gives awards for many categories such as pictorial, literary fiction, and young adult literature. This year, there were a total of 146 entries across the different categories. Judges from around the state gathered with writers and others at the Aspen Summer Words writing retreat and literary festival in Aspen, Colorado on June 24, where The Diminishing House book was announced as the winner for poetry books.

Drawing on her vivid imagination and sense of allure, Professor Beer leads readers on an intellectually and emotionally stimulating path from room to room filled with grief and desire.

“While much of the book centers around the death of my father, it’s also a product of the talented literary teachers, mentors, and peers I’ve been surrounded by as the poems were written, and the great fortune I’ve had to benefit from their advice, guidance, and example,” said Beer.

The literary journal Pleiades boasted, “The Diminishing House is a wonder of both human understanding and poetic craft.” The book also received good reviews from other notable sources such as the Midwest Book Review and The Hollins Critic, and well-known poet Lynne McMahon called Beer’s poems “unforgettable.”

With the success of her book, Professor Beer has further established herself as a current leader in Colorado poetry. She had already received praise for her publications in many literary journals and magazines, and her book brings outstanding popularity to CU Denver where she teaches courses in creative writing and co-edits the school’s literary journal, Copper Nickel, along with her husband and fellow poet, Brian Barker.

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