Louise Gluck receives Lannan Literary Award

The Lannan Foundation has announced the recipients of the 1999 Lannan Literary Awards, among them Williams College’s Louise Gluck, Preston S. Parish ’41 Third Century Senior Lecturer in English.

Gluck is one of 11 Literary Award winners honored for excellence in the fields of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She received a prize of $75,000.

Other award recipients include poets Dennis O’Driscoll and C.D. Wright; fiction writers Gish Jen, Jamaica Kincaid, Richard Powers and Joanna Scott; and non-fiction writers Jared Diamond, Gary Paul Nabhan and Jonathan Schell.

Poet, essayist and activist Adrienne Rich was awarded Lannan’s Lifetime Achievement Award of $100,000 for her forty years of distinguished writing.

Lauded by John Hawley Roberts Professor of English Suzanne Graver as a “rich and important” poet, Gluck has authored eight books of poetry. Her most recent volume, Vita Nova, was published to acclaim last year.

Gluck, one of the most critically respected and honored poets in the nation, won a Pulitzer Prize for her Wild Iris, her 1993 volume of poems.

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