We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 David Hamilton Prize for Iowa Review Alumni: Clinton Crockett Peters. Peters, who read nonfiction submissions for TIR in the academic year 2010-11, will receive a $1,000 prize, and his essay, "A Portrait of the Artist at His Home in Texas," will be published in the Spring 2020 issue of The Iowa Review.Thank you to all our wonderful former staff and interns who participated in the contest!
Clinton Crockett Peters is the author of the essay collection Pandora’s Garden: Kudzu, Cockroaches, and Other Misfits of Ecology from the University of Georgia Press, a finalist for the ASLE Book Award. He has been awarded literary prizes from Shenandoah, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Columbia Journal. His work has been noted in Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Science and Nature Writing. He holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow, and a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of North Texas. His work also appears in Orion, The Southern Review, Hotel Amerika, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He teaches at Berry College.
The David Hamilton Prize was founded to honor the editorship, mentorship, and friendship of David Hamilton, who served as editor of The Iowa Review for more than 30 years. In the spirit of Hamilton's support and encouragement of his students and their writing, the contest is open to former staff, volunteers, and interns of The Iowa Review. The David Hamilton Prize for Iowa Review Alumni is awarded biennially and is funded by a generous contribution from anonymous donors; the next contest, to be held in 2021, will be open to fiction submissions.