UNL News Releases 02/13/01

Contact: Erin Flanagan, Managing Editor, Prairie Schooner - (402) 472-0911


Lincoln (Neb.) - Feb. 13, 2001 - Thanks to generous donations, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln quarterly literary magazine the Prairie Schooner was able to give 12 writing prizes for work published in its 2000 volume. Prairie Schooner is published with the support of the UNL English department and the University of Nebraska Press.

The $1,000 Lawrence Foundation Award for the best short story goes to Speer Morgan of Columbia, Mo., for "The Girl," published in the fall issue. Morgan's stories have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and Harper's Magazine. His fifth novel, "The Freshour Cylinders" (MacMurray and Beck Communications, 1998), was a winner of the 1999 American Book Award. He is editor of the Missouri Review. The prize is made possible by contributions from the Lawrence Foundation of New York City.

Leslie Leyland Fields of Kodiak, Alaska, is the winner of the $1,000 Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing for "If Thou Hurl Me to the Shark... ," an essay from the spring special issue, titled Writing from Alaska. Fields is an assistant professor of English at Kodiak College and a commercial fisherman. She is the author of a book of poetry, "The Water Under Fish" (Trout Creek Press, 1994), and a book of nonfiction, "The Entangling Net: Alaska's Commercial Fishing Women Tell Their Lives" (University of Illinois Press, 1996). Recent essays appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and Creative Nonfiction. The Faulkner Award is supported by charitable contributions to honor Virginia Faulkner, former editor-in-chief of the University of Nebraska Press and fiction editor at Prairie Schooner.

The $1,000 Edward Stanley Award for Poetry goes to Charles Levendosky of Casper, Wyo., for four poems published in the winter issue. Levendosky's books include "Circle of Light" (High Plains Press, 1995), "Hands and Other Poems" (Point Riders Press, 1986), "Aspects of the Vertical" (Point Riders Press, 1978), and "Perimeters" (Wesleyan University Press, 1970). He writes a weekly column for the Casper Star-Tribune that has appeared on the New York Times wire since 1995. Charitable contributions from the family of Edward Stanley, a member of the committee that founded Prairie Schooner in 1926, make this award possible.

D.A. Powell of San Francisco is the recipient of the $1,000 Larry Levis Prize for Poetry for five poems published in the summer issue. Powell is the author of two collections of poetry, "Lunch" and "Tea," both published by Wesleyan University Press. He has received awards from the Academy of American Poets and the James Michener Foundation. Beginning this fall he will be the Briggs-Copeland lecturer in poetry at Harvard University. The Levis Prize is made possible with the support of the MacArthur Foundation, and Marcia Southwick and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann.

The Bernice Slote Award, a $500 prize for the best work by a beginning writer, goes to Claire Davis of Lewiston, Idaho, for her essay "This Place of Horses" published in the fall issue. Her work has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, the Southern Review and Shenandoah. The Slote Award is supported by the estate of Bernice Slote, Prairie Schooner editor from 1963 to 1980.

The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award of $500 for the best poem or group of poems goes to Kevin Prufer of Warrensburg, Mo., for two poems published in the summer issue. Prufer is the author of "Strange Wood," winner of the 1997 Winthrop Poetry Series. He is also editor of "The New Young American Poets" (Southern Illinois University Press, 2000) and "Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing."

Anna Monardo of Omaha is the winner of the $250 Hugh J. Luke Award for her story "Pas de Deux," which appeared in the fall issue. Her first novel, "The Courtyard of Dreams" (Doubleday, 1993), was translated into German, Danish and Norwegian. She is working on a second novel. The Hugh J. Luke Award was established in memory of Prairie Schooner's editor from 1980 to 1987.

The Jane Geske Award of $200 goes to Susan Fromberg Schaeffer of Brooklyn, N.Y., for her poem, "Edith Levine," which appeared in the summer issue. Schaeffer's collection of poems, "Granite Lady," was nominated for the National Book Award. Twice an O. Henry Prize winner, she has published numerous novels, including "Anya," "The Madness of a Seduced Woman," "Buffalo Afternoon" and "The Golden Rope." The Jane Geske Award is made possible by the contribution of Norman Geske and was established is memory of Jane Geske.

Prairie Schooner Readers' Choice Awards of $250 each go to Ruth Anderson Barnett of San Diego for three poems in the summer issue, Nancy Lord of Homer, Alaska, for the short story, "The Census Taker," in the winter issue, April Ossmann of East Thetford, Vt., for 10 poems in the summer issue, and Ladette Randolph of Lincoln for a short story, "The Girls," in the summer issue.

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