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Wheeler wins 2004 Iowa Poetry Prize

Susan Wheeler , lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and creative writing at Princeton, has been named one of two recipients of the 2004 Iowa Poetry Prize.

Awarded annually by the University of Iowa Press, the Iowa Poetry Prize is one of the leading national poetry awards. The acclaimed competition is open to new as well as established poets. The other winner this year is Megan Johnson.

Wheeler's fourth collection of poetry, "Ledger," will be published by the University of Iowa Press in the spring of 2005. Her first book of poetry, "Bag 'o' Diamonds" (University of Georgia Press, 1993), received the Norma Farber First Book Award of the Poetry Society of America and was short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her second, "Smokes," won the Four Way Books Award in 1998. Her third collection, "Source Codes," was published by SALT Publishing in 2001, and her novel, "Record Palace," will be published by Graywolf Press in 2005.

Wheeler's other awards include the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has appeared in seven editions of the Scribner anthology, "Best American Poetry," as well as in the Paris Review, London Review of Books, Verse, Talisman, The New Yorker and many other journals.

She is slated to teach an introductory poetry course at Princeton this fall. She also serves on the creative-writing faculty of the New Schools graduate program, and she has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, Rutgers University and New York University.

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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