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Release: Oct. 2, 2000

Iowa poetry title wins 2000 James Laughlin Award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Academy of American Poets recently awarded Liz Waldner the 2000 James Laughlin Award for her poetry collection "A Point Is That Which Has No Part," published by the University of Iowa Press. The prestigious award is given to commend and support a poet's second book of poetry.

Waldner will receive a $5,000 cash award and the Academy will purchase at least 8,000 hardcover copies of her work to distribute to its members.

Lynn Emanuel, one of the award's three judges, praised Waldner's collection as a rare find.

"Hers is a book in which every moment of the written page is unpredictable and rich. Nothing is beneath or beyond the reach of this audacious and strenuous imagination," says Emanuel.

Waldner's first book of poems was "Homing Devices" (O Books), and her poetry has appeared in journals such as New American Writing, Volt, and Colorado Review. She has won several awards, including the Iowa Poetry Prize and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Lannan Foundation. Waldner is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Laura Szporluk's "Isolato," also published by the UI Press, was named a finalist for the James Laughlin Award.

The Academy of American Poets is the largest organization in the country dedicated specifically to the art of poetry and to sponsor such programs as the Academy Fellowship, the Walt Whitman Award, and National Poetry Month.

"A Point Is That Which Has No Part" (84 pages; $10.95 paper, ISBN 0-87745-702-6) is available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press by calling 1-800-621-2736 or online at www.uiowa.edu/~uipress.