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Pen serves as a professional organization for writers, editors, and agents, and has established themselves as an advocate in support of persecuted writers worldwide. In additional to various political and social causes, the organization also sponsors a number of literary grants and awards.     Pen American Center

Eric Mathieu King Fund Grants/Greenwall Fund Grants

Twelve grants totaling $24,000 were awarded to noncommercial presses to support poetry book projects in 1998. Eric Mathieu King Fund grants, which support the publication of original collections of poetry, reprints of classic poetry criticism, anthologies, and translations, were given to Alef Books, which will publish At the Intersection by Michael Ruby; Blue Begonia Press, which will publish Storm by Judith Skillman; Oberlin College Press, which will publish Encounter, 3 A.M. by Franz Wright; Ohio University Press, which will publish The Selected Poems of Yvor Winters; Paris Press, which will publish Ordinary Words by Ruth Stone; and Wesleyan University Press, which will publish The Clouds Float North by Yu Xuanji, translated by David Young and Jiann I. Lin.

Literature Awards

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the recipients of its 1998 literary awards.

Academy Awards in Literature, which honor writers of exceptional talent, were given to seven U.S. poets and fiction writers. The poets are Edward Hirsch of Houston, Texas; Mary Ruefle of Bennington, Vermont; and Gjertrud Schnackenberg of Boston. The fiction writers are Albert Guerard of Stanford, California, and Bradford Morrow of New York City. Memoirist Annie Dillard and translator Edward Snow also won awards. Each winner received $7,500.

Thom Gunn of San Francisco received the $5,000 Award of Merit Medal for his body of work. His most recent collection is Collected Works (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994).

Yusef Komunyakaa of Bloomington, Indiana, received the $5,000 Morton Dauwen Zabel Award given to writers of "progressive and experimental tendencies." His most recent book of poetry is Thieves of Paradise (University Press of New England, 1998).

Rick Moody of New York City received the $5,000 Addison Metcalf Award for Literature, which is given to a young writer of great promise. Moody is the author of Purple America (Little, Brown, 1997).

Joseph Skibell won the $5,000 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award, given to a young writer for a novel published during the previous year, which, though not a commercial success, is a considerable literary accomplishment, for Blessing on the Moon (Algonquin Books, 1997). Howard Bahr received the $5,000 Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award, given to a writer for the quality of his or her prose, for The Black Flower (Henry Holt, 1998). And Charles Frazier of Raleigh, North Carolina, received the $2,500 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, given for the best first novel or collection of short stores of the preceding year, for Cold Mountain (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997).

Elizabeth Spires of Baltimore received the $2,500 Witter Bynner Prize given to an emerging poet. Her most recent collection is Swan's Island (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1997).

The awards are given by members of the Academy; there is no application process.

American Academy of Arts and Letters, 633 West 155 Street, New York, NY 10032-7599. (212) 368-5900.

1998 Fellows

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected new Fellows in Literature for 1998. They are Walter Abish, Maureen Howard, Romulus Linney, J.D. McClatchy, and Albert Murray, all of New York City; Guy Davenport of Lexington, Kentucky; David Ferry of Wellesley, Massachusetts; Diane Johnson of San Francisco and Paris; Steve Millhauser of Saratoga Springs, New York; and Richard Powers of Setauket, New York.

Fellows are recognized for their distinguished contributions to the arts, scholarship, science, and public affairs. Current members nominate and elect new fellows. There is no application process.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Norton's Woods, 136 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-1996. (617) 576-5000.

1998 ABBY Award

Charles Frazier of Raleigh, North Carolina, won the $5,000 ABBY Award for his novel Cold Mountain (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997). The prize was given by the American Booksellers Association for the book its members most enjoyed selling in 1997.

ABA members may nominate any work published in any year for the annual award; members elect the winner from the five titles that receive the most nominations. There is no application process.

American Booksellers Association, 828 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591. (914) 591-2665.

Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prizes

Robert Bly of Minneapolis and Ira Sadoff of North Vassalboro, Maine, won the 1997 Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prizes. Bly's "What the Animals Paid" and other poems appeared in the May/June 1997 issue of APR, and Sadoff's "There's No Rigor Like the Old Rigor II" and other poems appeared in the July/August 1997 issue. Each poet received $1,000.

The prizes are given annually for the best poems published in the previous year in APR, a bimonthly journal of poetry, interviews, and critical articles. There is no application process.

Honickman First Book Prize

Joshua Beckman of Brooklyn, New York, won the first annual APR/Honickman First Book Prize for Things Are Happening. Beckman received $3,000 and publication of his poetry collection by American Poetry Review with distribution by Copper Canyon Press and Consortium. The judge was Gerald Stern. The prize is given to provide a wide readership for a deserving first book of poems.

American Poetry Review, 1721 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. (215) 496-0439.

Hackney Literary Award for the Novel

Surya Sinha of Norwalk, Connecticut, won the 1998 Hackney Literary Award for the Novel for The House of Hindola. She received $2,000, and her novel has been submitted for publication by the award administrators.

Awarded annually as part of "Writing Today," the Birmingham-Southern College writers' conference, the prize is given for an unpublished novel. Next year the prize will be raised to $5,000.

Birmingham-Southern College, Hackney Literary Award for the Novel, BSC Box 549003, Birmingham, AL 35254. (205) 226-4921. Martha Andrews, Director of Special Events.

Mudfish Poetry Prize

The co-winners of the third annual Mudfish Poetry Prize are Alexandria Peary of Northampton, Massachusetts, for "Two Women from a Mattisse Painting" and Stephen Sandy of North Bennington, Vermont, for "Petering." They shared the $500 prize, and their poems will be published in Mudfish, a journal of poetry and art published by Box Turtle Press. Jorie Graham was the judge.

Submit any number of unpublished poems; all entries will be considered for publication. The reading fee is $15 for up to three poems and $2 for each additional poem. In the next competition, the first-place award will be raised to $1,000, and the judge will be C.K. Williams. The deadline is April 30, 1999. Send an SASE for complete guidelines.

Box Turtle Press, Mudfish Poetry Prize, 184 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013. (212) 219-9278. Jill Hoffman, Editor.

1998 Rea Award for the Short Story

John Edgar Wideman of Amherst, Massachusetts, received the $30,000 Rea Award for the Short Story. Wideman's most recent collection of stories is All Stories Are True (Vintage, 1993). Gina Berriault, Tim O'Brien, and Grace Paley were this year's judges.

The award is given annually by the Dungannon Foundation to a living U.S. writer who has made a significant contribution to the short story form. There is no application process.

Dungannon Foundation, Rea Award for the Short Story, 53 West Church Hill Road, Washington, CT 06794.

Ambassador Book Awards

Poet Charles Wright of Charlottesville, Virginia, fiction writer Don DeLillo of New York, and fiction and creative nonfiction writer James Salter of Aspen, Colorado, each received $1,000 Ambassador Book Awards. Wright won for his collection of poetry Black Zodiac (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997) and DeLillo won for his novel Underworld (Scribner, 1997). Salter won for his memoir Burning the Days: Recollection (Random House, 1997). The English-Speaking Union, a nonprofit educational organization, distributes the winning books throughout its libraries and facilities in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, India, and New Zealand.

The award is given annually to recognize books that have made "an exceptional contribution to the interpretation of life and culture in the United States." There is no application process.

The English-Speaking Union, Ambassador Book Awards, 16 East 69 Street, New York, NY 10021. (212) 879-6800. George Plimpton, Chairman.

Institute of International Education, Cintas Fellowships Program, Arts International, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.

1998 Award

Romanian novelist Herta Müller won £75,000 Irish ($110,000 U.S.) in the third annual International Impac Dublin Literary Award for her novel The Land of Green Plums. Michael Hofmann, the translator, received £25,000 Irish ($40,000 U.S.). The award honors a novel written and published in English or written in any other language and published in English translation that makes a lasting contribution to world literature. The judges were Greg Gatenby, Margo Glantz, Paul Muldoon, Märta Tikkanen, and Al Young.

The City of Dublin Library in partnership with Impac, a management-productivity engineering company, invites libraries around the world to nominate up to three titles, which must then be submitted by the publisher. An international panel of judges selects a short list of books from which the winner is chosen. The deadline for 1999's nominations will be in June.

International Impac Dublin Literary Contest, Cumberland House, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. (353) 1 661-9000. Brendan Teeling.

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