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September 12, 2005

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As recognition for his dedication to both poetry and teaching, University of Houston Creative Writing Program (CWP) Professor Tony Hoagland will be awarded the 2005 O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize.

Hoagland was named the prize’s recipient in August and will receive the award during a seminar and dinner ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.

The Hardison Poetry Prize, the only award honoring literary professionals for their classroom merit and poetry talents, carries a $10,000 purse. It is awarded annually by the Folger Shakespeare Library, a research center focusing on William Shakespeare and the early modern age in the West.

“It's really an honor to be awarded a prize by my peers and even more so for teaching as well as poetry,” Hoagland said. “This means that my combined use of clown regalia and turkey gobbling in the classroom has really paid off, but I also think that my essay writing about poetry has helped.”

In addition to receiving the Hardison Prize, Hoagland will also participate in a poetry reading later in the evening at the library.

A previous Hardison Prize recipient was CWP’s founder and Professor Emeritus Cynthia Macdonald, who received the award in 1992.

For more information on UH’s Creative Writing Program, visit For more information on the Hardison Prize and the Folger Shakespeare Library, visit

WHAT: 2005 O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize Seminar, Supper and Reading
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 23
Seminar and Supper - 5 p.m.; Reading – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
WHO: Folger Shakespeare Library, University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program

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