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New Issues poet Covino wins PEN/Osterweil

May 10, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Award-winning poet Peter Covino will be recognized for high literary character for his work, "Cut Off the Ears of Winter," featured at Western Michigan University's 2006 Frostic Reading Series and published by the University's publishing house, New Issues Press, during a ceremony in New York City Monday, May 21.

Covino will receive a $5,000 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, given biennially to an emerging American poet by the PEN American Center during the 2007 PEN Literary Awards. The same book also was a finalist for the 2007 Paterson Poetry Award and the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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