Todd Fredson (Ivory Coast 2000–02) has won the 2011 Patricia Bibby First Book Prize for his collection of poems entitled, The Crucifix-Blocks. This annual prize is from Tebot Bach Publishing of Huntington Beach, CA. and is open to any poet who has not published a full length collection. The prize offers $1000, publication of the book, and promotional support. The judge for the 2011 competition was David St. John.

Of his new collection of poems, Todd Fredson says, “I wanted to  explore that time in the Ivory Coast, such as it was — revolutionary — and  to explore the haunting of my dad’s Vietnam experience — they seemed companionable events in my life. I ended up really exploring the limits of speakability, and on the consequences of hitting those limits, which certainly provided its own commentary on the subjects.”

Today, Todd is getting his PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California.

Congratulations, Todd.