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Illinois Professor Wins Poetry Prize


Paul Martinez Pompa, a faculty member in the English department at Triton College in River Grove, Ill., is the 2008 recipient of the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize given by Letras Latinas, the literary program of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), university officials announced.

Martinez Pompa was honored for his manuscript Men Watching Men.

The prize, a collaboration with Notre Dame Press, supports the publication of a first book by a Latino or Latina poet and is awarded every other year. The name honors the late Andres Montoya, author of the award-winning collection “The Ice Worker Sings.”

Administrators of the prize said Letras Latinas seeks to enhance the visibility, appreciation and study of Latino literature, particularly projects that identify and support emerging Latino and Latina writers.

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