UWS professor nominated for Pulitzer Prize award

Mariam Mackar
Updated: April 13, 2021 10:33 AM
Created: April 13, 2021 10:27 AM

The Twin Ports is now getting recognition on a national award scale - a University of Wisconin-Superior writing professor has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in the verse award category for his book of long verse poems Roze & Blud.

Jayson Iwen, a chair in the Literature and Writing Department at UWS, says his inspiration for the book came from talking to people in the Northland community and hearing their stories.

"The poems are just often times about daily life and things we often consider mundane, so I'd just like people to recognize that their own lives are worthy of poetry," said Iwen. "It's really gratifying to know that people outside of the region do think that our stories and our lives matter and that they are worthy of literature." 

Iwen's book Roze & Blud also won the Miller Williams Poetry prize and was a finalist for several other awards.

The Pulitzer Prize award is scheduled for June 11th.


Mariam Mackar

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