Carnegie Mellon Press Release: April 27, 2004
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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
April 27, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Press Author Snags Poetry's Greatest Prize

PITTSBURGH—The Carnegie Mellon University Press is fast becoming a breeding ground for Pulitzer Prize winners: Two of the past four winners of the Pulitzer for poetry either started or spent large portions of their careers with the university press, including the 2004 winner, Franz Wright, for "Walking to Martha's Vineyard," which was published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Carnegie Mellon University Press published three previous collections by Wright and four books by Stephen Dunn, who won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for "Different Hours," which was published by W.W. Norton. In 1986, Carnegie Mellon published poet Rita Dove's "Thomas and Beulah," which was awarded the Pulitzer the following year.

Gerald Costanzo, the founder and director of the university press, said he has been honored to have worked with promising writers whose abilities were not widely appreciated until Carnegie Mellon published their work.

"The honors Franz Wright and Stephen Dunn have received have certainly solidified the reputation of the Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series as among those in the forefront of poetry publishers in this country," said Costanzo, a professor of English at Carnegie Mellon.

Previous Wright books published by the university press are: "Rorschach Test," "The Night World and the Word Night" and "Entry in an Unknown Hand." The press has published "Not Dancing," "Work of Love," "A Circus of Needs" and "Full of Lust and Good Usage" by Dunn. All are still in print.

The Carnegie Mellon University Press is a primarily a literary press that publishes 20 to 25 titles every year, mostly in poetry and short fiction. Founded in 1975, it also has published books in a range of other subjects including religion, art and history.


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