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Release: Feb. 18, 2000

Former UI faculty member wins New Yorker poetry award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop was well-represented in the New Yorker Book Awards, announced Tuesday, Feb. 15 in conjunction with the magazine's 75th anniversary. Former faculty member Louise Gluck won the poetry award for "Vita Nova," and UI alumni Bob Shacochis and Kent Haruf were finalists in the non-fiction and fiction categories.

Shacochis, a former National Book Award winner, was nominated for "The Immaculate Invasion," an eyewitness account of the 1994 invasion and occupation of Haiti by the American military.

Haruf was nominated for "Plainsong," a story of small-town life on the Colorado high plains that was a nominee for the National Book Award. Haruf's earlier novel "The Tie That Binds" received a Whiting Foundation Award and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation.

Another poetry finalist, Sherod Santos, attended the Writers' Workshop but does not hold a degree from the UI.