Melissa Range’s Scriptorium (Beacon Press, 2016) was selected by Tracy K. Smith as a winner of the National Poetry Series.

In the foreword, Smith writes, “Traditionally, a scriptorium was a room where monks sat copying manuscripts. The word calls to the sense of what is precious, what must be made and remade, what one could give one’s entire life to preserving. How elegant a corollary for the work of the poet, and of this poet in particular, whose most sacred text—the one inspiring the most rapt devotion—is the very vernacular we live, love, grieve, fumble, and forgive in.”