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Jun 17, 2008    #068
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New Letters garners record 15 nominations; wins prestigious Pushcart Prize for Fiction UMKC’s resident literary journal wins for John Barth short story

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) literary journal New Letters was honored with a 2008 Pushcart Prize for the John Barth short story “Progressive Dinner.” published in the Winter 2007 edition. The story will be reprinted in the 2009 edition of Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, the highly anticipated annual anthology of Pushcart Prize-winning fiction, poetry and essays published during the previous year.

Barth’s award-winning story is the latest in a series of stories by the author about a fictional gated community on Maryland’s eastern shore. Barth’s has won numerous awards for his fiction, including the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, and the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. For many years, he taught in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife live in Chestertown, Md., and Bonita Springs, Fla.

Beside the award for Barth’s short story, New Letters was honored with a total of 15 Pushcart Prize nominations. The distinguished list of nominees included UMKC faculty Michelle Boisseau, professor of English language and literature, and Angela Elam, assistant professor for communication and producer of New Letters on the Air.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban engagement.

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