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Winners of the 1996 Iowa Poetry Prize announced
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A writer-in-residence at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, a long-time Drake University professor and a professor at McNeese
State University are the co-winners of the 1996 Iowa Poetry Prize from the
University of Iowa Press.
Each will receive a $1,000 prize and their books will published by the UI
Press next spring.
The winners are:
-- Pamela Alexander for the collection, "Inland." Alexander is a
writer-in-residence at MIT and a poetry columnist for the Boston Globe. She
won the 1995 Yale Younger Poets Prize for a previous collection, "Navigable
Waterways." She is also the author of "Commonwealth of Wings: An
Ornithological Biography." Alexander taught at the UI Writers' Workshop
-- Gary Gildner for the collection, "The Bunker in the Parsley Fields."
Gildner has published 13 books of poetry as well as fiction and non-fiction.
He won the National Magazine Award for Fiction and the Pushcart Prize for
Fiction in 1986, the Hellen Bullis Poetry Prize and the William Carlos Williams
Poetry Prize. His works include "Blue Like the Heavens," "The
Second Bridge," "A Week in South Dakota," and "The Warsaw
Sparks." He taught writing at Drake University from 1966 to 1993.
-- John Wood for the collection, "The Gates of the Elect Kingdom."
Wood holds a dual appointment at McNeese State University as professor of
English and photographic history. He is the author of four books on photography
and two volumes of poetry, including "In Primary Light," which won
the 1993 Iowa Poetry Prize.
The Iowa Poetry Prize was established to encourage the work of poets who have
published at least one full-length book. The prize is administered through
the UI Press.