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Friday, October 10, 2008

Albert Goldbarth, Amy Hempel Win Literary Prizes

Earlier this week, at a ceremony in Chicago, the Poetry Foundation named Albert Goldbarth the winner of its annual $25,000 Mark Twain Poetry Award, which honors humor in American poetry.

The inimitable GalleyCat reports: This week also saw Amy Hempel's talents as a short story writer recognized with the presentation of the $30,000 Rea Award. As the prize's stewards like to point out, this isn't a lifetime achievement award, and it doesn't recognize any single published collection or even an individual story—it's supposed to be about nothing less than 'originality and influence on the genre.'

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