WRITER: JONAS BROWN
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
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Release: March 3, 2000
Faith Adiele, University of Iowa Writers' Workshop student, wins award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Faith Adiele, who is simultaneously enrolled in the fiction
and creative nonfiction graduate programs at UI, won the 1999 Willard R. Espy
Award for "Naptime," a nonfiction piece about growing up on a small
farm in Washington state.
The $1,000 award is given for works-in-progress with a Pacific Northwest
setting by writers who have not published a book. Adiele is a co-winner with
Carolyn McConnell, also from Washington.
"Naptime" is about being a child during the birthing season. At
night, the adults are occupied tending to the birthing livestock, and the
children, entrusted with more freedom than usual, come to spy on the process.
Left on their own, they end up killing an animal. It is about the parents'
attempts to teach the children about birth and death, and the children's own
more personal confrontation with the basic elements of life.
"Naptime" was the first piece that Adiele submitted to the fiction
workshop of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She uses the fiction workshop to develop
her narrative non-fiction pieces, such as this one. In the nonfiction program,
she explores a more post-modern, experimentalist style.
She is in her second of three years, after which she will have completed
two different Masters of Fine Arts degrees.
Adiele co-wrote a novel with four college friends called "The Student
Body," a thriller, published last year. She came to Iowa City from just
outside of Boston, where she was teaching writing at Framingham State College.