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Wisconsin professor wins poetry prize

by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | August 31, 2019 at 2:22 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A Wisconsin professor has been named the winner of the 2020 Miller Williams Poetry Prize.

Jayson Iwen, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, will receive a $5,000 prize and have his poetry collection, Roze & Blud, published by the University of Arkansas Press.

Iwen teaches writing and is also the co-translator of a book of poetry originally written in Arabic by Lebanese poet Jawdat Fakhreddine.

In comments published on the University of Wisconsin-Superior website, Iwen described his forthcoming book as split between the perspective of two characters, one a teenage girl growing up in a trailer park and the other a retired Vietnam veteran.

"These are familiar stories, but you don't hear about them in the media much," Iwen said, according to remarks published on the University of Wisconsin-Superior website.

The Miller Williams Poetry Prize is edited by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins.

Metro on 08/31/2019

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