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Release: Jan. 16, 2002
UI Press, Russian professor win NEA grants
The University of Iowa Press and a Russian professor
in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have won grants from the National
Endowment for the Arts.
The UI Press was awarded an $8,000 creativity grant
to support publication costs and related expenses for two winning selections
from the Iowa Short Fiction Award competition. Titles will be selected by
Barry Hannah, author of High Lonesome.
Russell Valentino, professor of Russian and director of
the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies was awarded a
$10,000 Literature Fellowship for his project translating Predrag Matvejevic's
"Between Exile and Asylum: An Eastern Epistolary" from Serbo-Croatian. Through
the author's personal journey into his family's past, this work of creative
nonfiction explores the historical role of the Russian intelligentsia and
the responsibilities of European public intellectuals. Valentino was one of
only nine scholars to win awards for translation projects.