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Louise Glück, former UI Ida Beam Visiting Professor, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Oct 12, 2020
Louise Gluck Poems 1962-2012 cover

The announcement on Thursday morning that Louise Glück had won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature must have come as a big surprise to British bookies, who famously produce lists of likely winners every year for people to bet on. Glück wasn’t on those lists. But this honor for Glück made sense in Iowa City, where her work is well-known.

Glück, who was born in New York in 1943 and is currently an adjunct professor of English at Yale, has been a visiting faculty member in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In 2007-08, she held the Ida Beam Visiting Professorship at the University of Iowa.