Distinguished Professor at Lorain County Community College, Bruce Weigl was again honored by the Pulitzer jury, this time as one of two finalists for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his book, An Abundance ofNothing. His 1988 book, Song of Napalm, was also nominated for a Pulitzer.The jury called the book "a powerful collection of poems which explore the trauma of the Vietnam War and the feelings that have never left many of those who fought in the conflict." An earlier work, Song of Napalm (1988), also nominated for a Pulitzer, similarly hearkened back to events of the same war.
Plain Dealer book editor, Joanna Connors, writes "Weigl has won many major honors in his almost 40-year career, including two Pushcarts Prizes, the Cleveland Arts Prize, fellowships to Bread Loaf and Yaddo, and the Lannan Literary Foundation Award. The Pulitzer honor, he said, feels special, and deserved, because he always thought "Abundance" was a strong book." (The Plain Dealer April 28, 2013)