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Release: Oct. 16, 2001

Goodman, Volkman named as Iowa Poetry Prize winners

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Press has awarded poets Joanna Goodman and Karen Volkman the 2001 Iowa Poetry Prize.

Goodman, adjunct English professor at Baruch College, won the prize for her poems in "Trace of One." She is considered one of "Ten Writers Worth Knowing," as featured by the "Literary Review." Goodman received her master of fine arts in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Karen Volkman, poet-in-residence at the University of Chicago, was honored for her poetry work in "Spar." Volkman has taught M.F.A. writing programs at the University of Alabama and the University of Pittsburgh.

The Iowa Poetry Prize has been awarded annually for 30 years and is given to two poets each year; however, the number of recipients can vary depending on the quality of entries received. The contest is open to beginner and established poets, and now is open to new writers as well. Each year an anonymous judge decides the winner by the excellence of the poetry, and the University of Iowa Press awards the winners' publication.

For more information about the winners, contact the University of Iowa Press at (319) 335-2000 or uipress@uiowa.edu. To contact either winner, e-mail Goodman-joannaLyn@aol.com or Volkman-Klvolkman@aol.com.