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Release:Jan. 17, 2003

IOWA WRITERS WORKSHOP FACULTY MEMBERS GALVIN AND MCPHERSON WIN LANNAN LITERARY FELLOWSHIPS

Iowa Writers Workshop faculty members James Galvin and James Alan McPherson are among nine writers who have been awarded Lannan Literary Fellowships. The nine new winners will share $545,000 from the Lannan Foundation, which launched its literary fellowship program in 1989 to honor writers of exceptional quality.

In addition to being members of the permanent faculty of the Writers’ Workshop, both Galvin and McPherson are workshop graduates.

McPherson won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for “Elbow Room,” and his other books include “Hue and Cry,” and the memoirs “Crabcakes” and “A Region Not Home: Reflections from Exile.”

Galvin has written several volumes of poetry, which were collected in “Resurrection Update.” He is also the author of “The Meadow,” a history of the terrain and people of a high-mountain meadow in southern Wyoming near his home above Tie Siding, and the novel “Fencing the Sky.” His new book of poems, “X,” will be published this year.

Writers’ Workshop alumni who have won past Lannan Fellowships include David Wong Louie, Gish Jen, Stuart Dybek, Donald Justice, Stephen Wright, Denis Johnson, Sandra Cisneros and John Edgar Wideman.

Learn more about the Lannan Foundation at http://www.lannan.org . For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit < www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa >. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <ur-acr@uiowa.edu >.