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Josip Novakovich, 1995 Award Winner

Josip Novakovich,  son of a Croatian clog-maker, immigrated to the United States at age 20 to attend Vassar College. He is the author of a collection of essays, Apricots from Chernobyl, and a short story collection, Yolk, both published in 1995 by Graywolf Press in St. Paul, Minnesota.

His work has also appeared in The New Yok Times Magazine, Pushcart Prize XV and XIX, Paris Review, Antaeus, Threepenny Review and elsewhere. Philip Lopate, editor of The Art of Personal Essay, calls Novakovich “a strong, original writer. His subtle prose makes me beam with pleasure and break into an anxious sweat at the same time. He has mastered the tone of ‘bearing witness’ as a principle of moral literature.”

Novakovich teaches writing at the University of Cincinnati and has won numerous writing awards, including two National Endowment of the Arts fellowships, a Cohen/Ploughshares award, a Whitings writing award, and an Ingram Merrill award. His published works include:

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