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Contact: Teresa S. Thomas
(412) 268-3580

For immediate release:
April 12, 2001

Multi-Dimensional Writer Jim Harrison Is Speaker For Carnegie Mellon Annual Adamson Writing Awards.

PITTSBURGH‹Jim Harrison, a poet, novelist, screenwriter, book reviewer, literary critic, editor, food columnist, sportswriter, automobile and highway enthusiast, conservationist and essayist-at-large, will be the guest speaker at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 4, in the Adamson Wing, Baker Hall, when Carnegie Mellon University holds its annual Adamson Awards program honoring student writers.

Beyond the general definition of "writer," Harrison defies easy labeling. Critics attempting to sort or categorize his work often refer to one of his essay titles, "Don't Fence Me In." Poetry is closest to his heart, and his work in that genre includes 12 individual volumes and "The Shape of the Journey: New and Collected Poems."

His seven novels and 12 novellas include fiction and nonfiction works that critics describe as having "an extraordinary scope." His novellas include "The Beast God Forgot to Invent," "Julip," "The Woman Lit by Fireflies" and "Legends of the Fall." Novels include "The Road Home," "Wolf" and "A Good Day to Die."

He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship and his work has been published in 22 languages.

Harrison's articles have been published in magazines such as Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Outside, Playboy, Men's Journal and The New York Times Magazine, and in more audience-specific magazines such as Antæus, Psychoanalytic Review, Conde Nast's Traveler, Automobile Magazine and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Harrison's reviews and criticism have been published in journals that include The New York Times Review of Books, The American Poetry Review, The Nation, The Washington Post and The Hungry Mind Review.

The Adamson Awards honor student writers for their work in fiction, poetry, screen writing and non-fiction. Awards include the Pauline Adamson Awards, the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Margaret Smith Cushing Award and the Carnegie Mellon University Press Prize. The Adamson Awards are supported by an endowment from the Adamson family that was set up in memory of Pauline Adamson, an alumna of the English Department.

The Adamson Awards are open to the public. For more information, call the Carnegie Mellon English Department at 412-268-2850.

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