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July 26, 2010

2010 Iowa Poetry Prize winners are announced by the UI Press

The winners of the 2010 Iowa Poetry Prize, awarded by the University of Iowa Press, are Julie Hanson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and L.S. Klatt of Grand Rapids, Mich. Hanson's "Unbeknownst" and Klatt's "Cloud of Ink" will be published by the UI Press in spring 2011.

The annual Iowa Poetry Prize, established in 1990, is one of the leading national poetry awards and is open to new as well as established poets.

Hanson, the coordinator of a food-buying cooperative, holds a master's degree in expository writing from the UI and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Her work has earned awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the West Chester University Conference on Narrative and Form and the Cincinnati Review, and her poetry has been published in venues including the Michigan Quarterly Review, the New Ohio Review, the Iowa Review, Volt, Poetry East, the Tampa Review and Booth.

klattKlatt (right) teaches American literature and creative writing at Calvin College. His poems have appeared in journals including the Boston Review, the Columbia Poetry Review, the Denver Quarterly, the Notre Dame Review, the Chicago Review, FIELD, the Cincinnati Review, jubilat, the Colorado Review, the Iowa Review, Eleven Eleven and Verse.

His first book, "Interloper," won the Juniper Prize for Poetry. He is a graduate of Wittenberg University and holds advanced degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, St. John's College and the University of Georgia.

Recent winners of the Iowa Poetry Prize include "Like a Sea," by Samuel Amadon, "A Little Middle of the Night," by Molly Brodak, "Full Catastrophe Living," by Zach Savich and "something has to happen next," by Andrew Michael Roberts. See the full series at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Allison Means, UI Press, Winston Barclay, University News Services, 319-384-0073,