McKinney Writing Contest Awards Ceremony and Reading by Marilynne Robinson


McKinney Writing Contest Awards Ceremony and Reading by Marilynne Robinson

Biotech Auditorium, Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building

The winners of the 2013 McKinney Writing Contest for best entries in Fiction/Drama, Poetry, Essay, and Electronic Media will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Biotech Auditorium on Wednesday April 17 at 8 pm.  The evening will also feature a reading and Q&A by internationally acclaimed author Marilynne Robinson, as part of the Vollmer Fries Lecture Series.  The reading is free and open to the public. 

Marilynne Robinson has been described as "one of the world's most compelling English-speaking novelists.”  She is the author of Gilead (2004), which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2005 Ambassador Book Award; Home (2008), which won the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award; and Housekeeping (1980), which won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.  Housekeeping was named one of the Greatest Novels of All Time by the UK Guardian Observer in 2003.  She is also the author of The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (1998), winner of the 1999 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay; Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self (2010); and When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays (2012).  Dr. Robinson teaches at the Iowa Writers Workshop and lives in Iowa City.

For 72 years, the McKinney Writing Competition has recognized writing talent in various genres among undergraduate and graduate students.  The Mary A. Earl McKinney endowment was established by in 1941 by Dr. Samuel P. McKinney, a Rensselaer graduate (1884), in memory of his late wife.  The McKinney Competition is administered and judged by the faculty of the Department of Communication and Media.

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