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Poet Charles Wright Is Named To American Academy Of Arts And Sciences

May 9, 2002-- University of Virginia English professor Charles Wright, one of the country's most highly honored poets, is among 177 leaders in their fields recently elected as fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The recognition is for pre-eminent contributions to science, scholarship, public affairs or the arts.

Wright, whose newest poetry collection, "A Short History of the Shadow," has just been published, holds the Souder Family professorship in English and has taught in the U.Va. Creative Writing Program since 1983. His election brings to 17 the number of U.Va. faculty chosen for AAAS membership since 1992 and to approximately 31 the number ever chosen from U.Va. Fellowship in the society, founded in 1780, represents one of the nation's highest honors for scholarly and creative achievement.

Wright won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1998 for his collection "Black Zodiac," which also won the National Book Critic's Circle Prize. He has also won a National Book Award in poetry, the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize honoring lifetime achievement, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, among many prizes. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, one of the highest honors for a creative artist, in 1995.

Wright's books include "Chickamauga," "The World of the Ten Thousand Things: Poems 1980-1990," "Zone Journals," "The Southern Cross," "China Trace," "Hard Freight" and "Negative Blue: New & Selected Poems."

Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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