November 16, 2006

Neustadt Prize

In case you missed it, Nicaraguan/Salvadoran writer Claribel Alegría was selected as the winner of the 2006 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. The $50,000 prize is awarded biennially by Oklahoma University and the journal World Literature Today to the most outstanding international writer. See the interview [here].

Alegría, acclaimed for her writing on justice and liberation, is possibly best known in the United States for her volume of poetry FLOWERS FROM THE VOLCANO (Pittsburgh Press, 1982) and the novel she co-wrote with her journalist-husband titled ASHES OF IZALCO (Curbstone Press).  Listen to the title poem FLOWERS FROM THE VOLCANO 

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