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March 5, 2007

UI Writers Well Represented In Granta's 'Best Young American Novelists'

Four alumni of University of Iowa writing programs are among the 21 fiction writers selected as the "Best Young American Novelists" by the British literary magazine Granta. The selections were announced March 1.

The roster of writers, all under 35 years of age, included UI alumni Daniel Alarcón, Kevin Brockmeier, Yiyun Li and ZZ Packer. All are graduates of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and Li also received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the UI Nonfiction Writing Program. Read about each of the writers at

Alarcón read on WSUI's "Live From Prairie Lights" in February. The archived audio can be accessed at

The writers will be featured in an upcoming issue of Granta. The magazine devoted an issue to the "Best of Young American Novelists" a decade ago, and that group featured several writers who have since become literary stars, including Sherman Alexie, Edwidge Dandicat, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen and Lorrie Moore.

Thursday was also the day that the Los Angeles Times announced the finalists for the LA Times Book Prize, and two of the five fiction finalists - Daniel Woodrell and Peter Orner - are also workshop graduates. Read the LA Times story at,0,3158359.story?coll=cl-books.

Orner's book is "The Second Coming of Mavla Shikongo" and Woodrell's is "Winter's Bone."

The Writers' Workshop and the Nonfiction Writing Program are graduate programs in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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