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July 29, 2005

UI Press Names 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize Winners

Poets Emily Rosko of Columbia, Mo. and Joshua Marie Wilkinson of Denver have been named 2005 recipients of the prestigious Iowa Poetry Prize by the University of Iowa Press.

Rosko is being honored for her debut collection "Raw Goods Inventory." Wilkinson's award-winning collection, "Lug Your Careless Body Out of the Careful Dusk," is his second publication. Both collections will be published in April  2006 by the University of Iowa Press.

Rosko is a past recipient of the Stegner, Ruth Lilly and Javits fellowships, and she holds degrees from Cornell and Purdue Universities. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Another Chicago Magazine, the Beloit Poetry Journal and the Denver Quarterly. She was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in the Midwest and later taught English in Siberia. She is currently earning a Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Wilkinson, a native of Seattle, is the author of one other book of poetry, "Suspension of a Secret in Abandoned Rooms," and the chapbook A Ghost as King of the Rabbits. He holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and an MA in film studies from University College Dublin. Presently he lives in Denver, Colo., where he is pursuing his doctorate in English and creative writing and completing his first film.

Awarded annually by the University of Iowa Press, the Iowa Poetry Prize is one of the leading national poetry awards. The acclaimed competition is open to new as well as established poets. Recent winners of the prize include Ledger by Susan Wheeler, The Waiting by Megan Johnson, Aggregate of Disturbances by Michele Glazer, and (some of) The Adventures of Carlyle, My Imaginary Friend by Dainis Hazners.

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