Hats Off! to David Garrett Izzo whose volume of poetry, Permutations Among the Nightingales, has been selected as the 2016 Shade Seeker's Press Vibrant Voices Award and will be published in 2017. "It’s a fierce collection of philosophical raps, tributes to culture heroes, and the naked autobiography of a man to whom life has given both great pain and great pleasure," says Kevin Killian, poet. "Reading Izzo’s poems, you wind up in unexpected places, for he is one of the great secrets of American literature." Poet April Lindner says, "The poems in David Garrett Izzo’s Permutations Among the Nightingales are full-voiced and whole-hearted. They range from quiet meditations--on teaching, on power, on poetry—to unabashed celebrations of the poet’s heroes—Springsteen, Auden, Huxley, and less famous exemplars of the twin arts of seeing clearly and living consciously. In a time when much poetry is guarded and cautious, these brave poems don’t flinch from expressing the big emotions—heartbreak, gratitude, rage, tenderness."