Robert Hass and Philip Schultz Win 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Philip Schultz and Robert Hass have both been awarded the 2008 Pulitizer Prize for Poetry. Philip Schultz, a Workshop alumnus, received the honor for his collection, Failure. Robert Hass, a frequent visiting faculty member at the Workshop, won for Time and Materials: Poems, 1997 - 2005, which was also awarded the National Book Award.
Two Workshop alumni were named Pulitizer finalists, as well: Denis Johnson for his novel, Tree of Smoke, and Ellen Bryant Voigt for Messenger: New and Selected Poems, 1976-2006.
Philip Schultz is the author of five collections of poetry, including the National Book Award nominee Like Wings. He is the founder of the Writers Studio in New York. He studied fiction writing at the Writers' Workshop and graduated from the program in 1971. In a recent interview, Schultz explained, "I thought I'd be a novelist. Poetry is something I did with my left hand. But all that I wanted to achieve in fiction was happening naturally in poetry . . . But in fiction, I was absolutely obsessed with writing 'agenda' material, talking about material I couldn't distance myself from to write a story. I went to poetry as a relief from that."
Robert Hass has taught as a visiting Workshop faculty member three times in the last five years, most recently in Fall, 2006. He has won the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the William Carlos Williams Award, and he has twice received the National Books Critic Circle Award.