Monday, November 2, 2009

Jay Hopler (WSC ’92) Receives Whiting Writers Award

Jay Hopler, a 1992 graduate of Washington Square College, was one of ten writers to receive the 2009 Whiting Writers Award on October 28. The awards, which include a $50,000 prize for each recipient, have been given annually since 1985 to “writers of exceptional talent and promise in early career.” Jay was recognized at a ceremony that took place at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York on Wednesday, October 28.

Jay’s first book of poetry, Green Squall, was published in 2005 and was the winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, the oldest annual literary award in the United States. His work has been featured in various magazines and journals, including, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, and Ploughshares. In addition to his bachelors degree from NYU, he also has degrees from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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