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January 28, 2004

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POET AT UH NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
Creative Writing Prof Tony Hoagland’s “What Narcissism Means to Me” Recognized

HOUSTON, Jan. 28, 2004 – Tony Hoagland, University of Houston associate professor of English, has been named a nominee for a 2003 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) award.

Recognized for his third collection of poems “What Narcissism Means to Me,” Hoagland is teaching advanced poetry workshop and poetry writing courses in the UH creative writing program this spring.

Categories for the NBCC award were fiction, nonfiction, biography/autobiography, criticism, and poetry. Winners will be announced in March at the organization’s 30th annual awards ceremony in New York City.

Hoagland is also the author of “Donkey Gospel” (1998), which received the James Laughlin Award; and “Sweet Ruin” (1992), which won the 1992 Brittingham Prize in Poetry and was named winner of the Emerson College’s Zacharis Award. His other honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a fellowship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. His poems and critical writings have appeared in Ploughshares, Agni, Threepenny Review, Gettysburg Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, and the 1991 Pushcart Prize anthology.

The National Book Critics Circle is a not-for-profit organization of book editors and critics with some 600 members nationwide. The organization was founded in 1974 to encourage and raise the quality of book criticism in all media and to create a way for critics to communicate with one another about their professional concerns.

For more information about the NBCC, go to www.bookcritics.org.

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