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    Oberlin Alumnus Franz Wright Wins Pulitzer
    by Yvonne Gay Fowler
Franz Wright '77
Franz Wright '77

(Photo credit: J. D. Sloan)

Oberlin alumni who have won the Pulitzer Prize:

• George Walker '41 for music (Lilacs, for voice and orchestra) in 1996
• Michael Dirda '70 for distinguished criticism (Washington Post - book reviews) in 1993
• Christopher Rouse '71 for music (Trombone Concerto) in 1993
• John Mack '51 for biography or autobiography (A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T E. Lawrence) in 1977.
Franz Wright '77 has won the Pulitzer Prize for Walking to Martha's Vineyard, a collection of haunting poems that explore life and death.

"Franz Wright is one of the finest poets of his generation," writes poet Lucie Brock-Broido, author of Trouble in Mind (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004). "He's a genius of compression, of compassion, of passion. I know of no other book this edgy, this shamelessly earnest, this wildly funny."

Wright has authored several other books, including The Beforelife published in 2001, also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book ill lit: Selected & New Poems was published by the Oberlin College Press in 1998. He and his wife Elizabeth live in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Wright has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whitting Fellowship, and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, among other honors.

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