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Dartmouth professor Thomas Sleigh nominated for L.A. Times book prize

Posted 03/24/00

The Dreamhouse, a book of poetry by Thomas Sleigh, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College, is a finalist for the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry.

Sleigh's work has received significant recognition over the years, including a 1999 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and a 1993 Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award. The New York Times Book Review selected his second book, Waking, as a Notable Book of the Year for 1990-91. He also has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merill Foundation and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.

"Tom Sleigh has persisted in exploring the dominant human themes -- death, religion, suffering, love -- with impressive resourcefulness and candor. This alone is enough to qualify him as an indispensable contemporary American poet; he does real work in his writing, the work of renewing the nexus of images that link the literal, visible world with the visionary, subtle ones that ordinarily pass by unnoticed and unspoken," wrote Andrew Frisardi in the Boston Sunday Globe.

The Los Angeles Times has awarded a set of book prizes annually since 1980, with prizes presently given in eight categories, including biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction, history, poetry, science and technology, and young-adult fiction. Nominations come from seven three-member committees of judges, most of whom are published authors. Winners of the 1999 prizes, who each will receive a $1,000 cash prize, will be announced April 29.

The author of four books of poetry, three plays and a translation of Euripides' Herakles, Sleigh has taught at Dartmouth since 1986. He also is an advisory editor of Agni Review at Boston University's Creative Writing Program and a contributing editor at the Boston Review. He is a graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where he currently is a visiting professor.

Prior winners of Los Angeles Times Book Prizes include Margaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury, Louise Erdrich, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Kingsolver, Thomas Keneally, Henry Kissinger, Nicholas Lemann, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Frank McCourt, Adrienne Rich and Carl Sagan, among others.

Note to reporters and editors: A photograph of Sleigh is available for digital transmission.

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