WRITER: MEGAN SCOTT
CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: June 26, 2000
National 'Best of Best' award presented to UI Press title
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Press will receive a "Best
of the Best" award from the American Library Association (ALA) for "Learning
by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School," a collection of
poems about the school experience edited by Maggie Anderson and David Hassler.
"Learning by Heart" is one of only 40 to earn the prestigious
"Best of the Best from University Presses" award, which will be
given out July 10 by the ALA during its annual conference. "Learning
by Heart" was among hundreds of titles submitted and reviewed for the
"University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Megan Scott, publicist, UI Press, says "Learning by Heart" is
an "alternately joyous and defiant" collection of poems about the
school experience as told through the voices of some of America's best contemporary
poets, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Gary Soto, and Naomi Shihab Nye.
Maggie Anderson is associate professor and director of the Wick Poetry Program
at Kent State University and has written four books of poems, including "A
Space Filled with Moving."
David Hassler is associate artist for the Shaker Heights High School Theater
Department (Cleveland, Ohio) and is editor of "April Seeds Dreaming of
the Sky," an anthology of poetry by first- and second-graders.
"Learning by Heart" (ISBN 0-87745-6882-3, $29.95 cloth; ISBN 0-87745-663-1,
$14.95 paper) is available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, 1-800-621-2736.
For more information contact Megan Scott at (319) 335-2008 or email@example.com
To order online, visit the UI Press Web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress