Two alumni win Pulitzers
13, 2010 -- Alumni
Rae Armantrout and Michael Moss have won 2010 Pulitzer Awards in poetry
and journalism, respectively.
Armantrout (MA '75) was recognized for her newest volume of poetry titled "Versed" (Weslyan University Press, 2009), which also won the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. The collection, which explores themes of war and illness, is Armantrout's ninth volume of poetry. Her work has been featured in distinguished anthologies including the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry and The Oxford Book of American Poetry.
Moss (attended '74 -'79), a reporter at The New York Times, won in explanatory journalism for his reporting on E. coli victims, which exposed crucial shortcomings in federal regulation of the food industry. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 and 1999 and is the author of the Doubleday bestseller "Palace Coup: The Inside Story of Harry and Leona Helmsley." Prior to The New York Times, he was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, Newsday and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The Pulitzer Prize, administered by Columbia University, is awarded for significant achievements in newspaper journalism, literature and musical composition. SF State faculty and alumni have won the prize in all three categories. Professor Emeritus of Music Wayne Peterson was awarded the Pulitzer for Musical Composition in 1992. More recent recipients include SF State alumnus Philip Schultz (BA '67) and Jose Antonio Vargas, (BA '04), who won 2008 Pulitzer Prizes for poetry and journalism, respectively.
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