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2021 Krause Essay Prize Ceremony Celebrating Writer Wesley Morris

NY Times Critic at Large Wesley Morris

The University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program is pleased to announce that writer Wesley Morris has won the 2021 Krause Essay Prize for his essay “My Mustache, My Self,” which appeared in The New York Times Magazine in October 2020.

Morris—cultural critic, podcast host, and multiple-Pulitzer Prize winner—will be honored at the Krause Essay Prize award ceremony on Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom, where he will read from his winning essay. There he will receive the Prize’s $10,000 award and an inscribed walnut letterbox handcrafted by a local Iowa artisan. A conversation with Nonfiction Writing Program professor Melissa Febos will follow.

The 2021 Krause Essay Prize ceremony is open to the public. Register for the online event here: https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5ChiLMFUSL6DaENGZw8UTQ

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