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April 8, 2005

UI Writers' Workshop Faculty Member Adam Haslett Wins Guggenheim

Fiction writer Adam Haslett, a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, has been awarded a fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Haslett, who is also a UI alumnus, is one of 185 American and Canadian winners of the prestigious fellowship, which supports the work of advanced professionals in the natural sciences, the social sciences, humanities and the creative arts.

Haslett's first collection of stories, "You Are Not a Stranger Here," was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A New York Times Book Review article called it "spectacular" and recommended, "You should buy this book, you should read it, and you should admire it. . . . It is the herald of a phenomenal career."

And a San Francisco Chronicle review asserted that Haslett has an "assured, almost democratic empathy for his admirably varied characters. . . . These are graceful, mature, witty stories."

The Writers' Workshop is an academic unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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