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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.