Lincoln (Neb.) - Feb. 10, 1998 - Writing prizes totaling more than $7,000 were awarded for work published in 1997 in Prairie Schooner, a literary quarterly published with the support of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln English department and the University of Nebraska Press.
Sherman Alexie of Seattle, the author of several books, including the novel, "Indian Killer," and the poetry collection, "The Summer of Black Widows," won the $1,000 Larry Levis Prize for Poetry. The prize, made possible by the financial support of Marcia Southwick and Murray Gell-Man, was awarded for five poems published in the summer issue.
The $1,000 Lawrence Foundation Award for the best short story was presented to Marie Manilla for "Amnesty," published in the winter issue. Twice awarded first place in the West Virginia Playwright's Competition, Manilla is an assistant professor of English at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. The prize is made possible by the Lawrence Foundation of New York City.
Robin Becker, associate professor at Pennsylvania State University, won the $1,000 Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing. She was honored for a poem, "In the Days of Awe," which appeared in the fall issue, and her essay, "I'm Telling! Secrecy and Shame in One Jewish-American Family," which appeared in the spring issue. The Faulkner Award is supported by charitable contributions to honor Virginia Faulkner, former editor-in-chief at the University of Nebraska Press and fiction editor at Prairie Schooner.
The Bernice Slote Award, a $500 prize for the best work by a beginning author, was presented to Faulkner Fox of Austin, Texas, for her poems published in the summer issue. The Slote Award is supported by the estate of Bernice Slote, Prairie Schooner editor from 1963-1980.
The Prairie Schooner Strouse Award of $500 was given to Marilyn Hacker of New York City for her poem "Squares and Courtyards" in the spring issue. A writer, editor and teacher, Hacker's "Selected Poems" won the 1996 Poet's Prize.
Ursula Hegi of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., received the $250 Hugh J. Luke Award for an interview, "Johanna," published in the summer issue, and her short story, "A Town Like Ours," which appeared in the fall issue. Her first book of non-fiction, "Tearing the Silence: On Being German in America," was published in 1997. The Luke Award was established in memory of Prairie Schooner's editor from 1980-87.
The $500 Edward Stanley Award for Poetry, presented in honor of a member of the committee that founded Prairie Schooner in 1926, was presented to Gerald Barrax for three poems published in the fall issue. Barrax is professor of English and poet-in- residence at North Carolina State University in Raleigh where he teaches creative writing. His fourth book of poems, "Leaning Against the Sun," was nominated for both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award.
Prairie Schooner Reader's Choice Awards of $250 were presented to Irena Klepfisz of Brooklyn, N.Y., for an essay/parable; Rebecca Goldstein of Highland Park, N.J., for two short stories; the late David Ignatow of East Hampton, N.Y., for six poems; Molly Best Tinsley of Silver Springs, Md., for a short story; Ruth Stone of Binghamton, N.Y., for eight poems; Rodger Kamenetz of New Orleans, for three poems; Carol Frost of Otego, N.Y., for five poems; Diana Der-Hovanessian of Cambridge, Mass., for two poems; and Alicia Ostriker of Princeton, N.J., for two poems.
Those who are interested in reading the works of the 1997
prize-winning material and future issues of Prairie Schooner may
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