Accolades: Bachmann and López

Beth-BachmannBachmann Wins Tufts Discovery Award

Beth Bachmann (right), assistant professor of English, is the 2010 winner of the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award, given to honor a poet’s first book. The award, presented by Claremont Graduate University, includes a $10,000 prize.

Bachmann’s Temper, published last year by the University of Pittsburgh Press, was called “an unforgettable first book” by poet Lynn Emanuel.



LopezLópez Nominated for PEN/Faulkner Award

A short story collection by Lorraine López (left), associate professor of English, described as “an amazingly original Flannery O’Connor/Loretta Lynn collision,” is one of five nominees for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Homicide Survivors Picnic will compete with books by Sherman Alexie, Barbara Kingsolver, Lorrie Moore and Colson Whitehead for the award, which comes with a $15,000 prize. The other four finalists will receive $5,000.

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is the largest peer-juried prize for fiction in America. The winner will be named March 23 and honored May 8 at the 30th annual PEN/Faulkner Award ceremony at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

–Jim Patterson