Rose Solari's awards include an Academy of American Poets' University prize, The Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, The Columbia Book Award for poetry, and an EMMA award for excellence in journalism.
"Difficult Weather is a poetry of neighborhoods more interesting than safe, a world determined by coincidence, longing, and the repeatable magic of the quotidian. Her language is by turns raw and luminous, her perceptions uncommonly acute, and her vision at once incisive and compassionate." --Carolyn Forche, poet, from the Judge's Statement awarding the first edition of Difficult Weather with the Columbia Book Award "The "first infatuation," Rose Solari reminds us, is with "speed." Speed here is not the result of time over distance, but is the velocity of the heart as it takes us to our difficult and inevitable destinations. Solari is a poet of passion who writes with care and precision. Difficult Weather will delight and surprise us all." --Michael Collier, Director, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference "The poignant tone often found in these pages is sometimes born of a roughness, of images wrested from some of life's dirtier windshields. Solari's willingness to risk such detail reminds me of the muted whispers of trumpeter Miles Davis, or the singing of the mature Billie Holiday. Like them, Solari has a deep understanding of the sound of language." --Reuben Jackson, poet and curator, the Smithsonian's Duke Ellington Collection