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Iowa Poetry Prize winner receives 1997 award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A collection of poetry published by the University of Iowa Press has received a 1997 award in an annual contest that highlights the year's best gay and lesbian literature.

"Furious Cooking," by Maureen Seaton, which won a 1995 Iowa Poetry Prize, has received a 1997 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry.

The Lambda Literary Awards are independent, juried awards, selected through a rigorous, three-tiered process. More than 50,000 nominations were distributed between November 1996 and January 1997 for a range of categories in the arts.

Nominees are winnowed down to five finalists in each category before each winner is selected. This is the ninth year for the awards.

"Furious Cooking" is Seaton's third award-winning collection. She won the Capricorn Award and the Society of Midland Authors Award for "The Sea among the Cupboards," and she won the Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize for "Fear of Subways."

Publishers Weekly gave "Furious Cooking" a starred review, saying, "A streetwise, postmodern alchemist, Seaton blends odd groupings of imagery to deliver the reader into new, always intimate, poetic landscapes. In this accomplishment, she calls on a subtle but firm command of craft (most poems are in free-verse couplets or triplets) and an agile sense of play."

Seaton has been awarded grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in the Atlantic, New Republic, Kenyon Review, and many other journals and magazines. She lives in Chicago.

"Furious Cooking" is available at bookstores nationwide for $10.95 as a trade paperback original. The book can also be ordered from UI Press by calling (319) 384-3808 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson County).