UI Pulitzer Prize Winners

The following list is a chronological listing of Pulitzer Prize winners that have University of Iowa connections.

2008 Music
David Lang, UI Alum
More about the composer and his work
Prize Work: The Little Match Girl Passion

 

2008 Poetry
Robert Hass, Visiting Faculty
More about the author and his work
Prize Work: Time and Materials

 

2008 Poetry
Philip Schultz, 71MFA
More about the author and his work
Prize Work: Failure

 

Marilynne Robinson2005 Fiction
Marilynne Robinson, Faculty
More about the author and her work
Prize Work: Gilead


Michael Cunningham1999 Fiction
Michael Cunningham, 80MFA
More about the author and his work
Prize Work: The Hours


Mark Strand1999 Poetry
Mark Strand, 62MA
More about the author and his work
Prize Work: A Blizzard of One
(Former UI faculty member)


Charles Wright1998 Poetry
Charles Wright, 63MFA
More about the author and his work
Prize Work: Black Zodiac
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

Philip Roth1998 Fiction
Philip Roth
More about the author and his work
Prize Work: American Pastoral
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

Jorie Graham1996 Poetry
Jorie Graham, 78MFA
More about the author and her work
Prize Work: The Dream of the Unified Field
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

Philip Levine1995 Poetry
Philip Levine, 57MFA
More about the author and his work
Prize Work: The Simple Truth
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

Steve Berry1993 Investigative Reporting
Steve Berry
Journalism faculty member
For exposing the unjust seizure of millions of dollars from motorists by a sheriff's drug squad, published in the Orlando Sentinel with coauthor Jeff Brazil

 

Mike Toner1993 Explanatory Journalism
Mike Toner, 66BA
Prize Work: "When Bugs Bite Back," published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

Louise Gluck1993 Poetry
Louise Glück
More about the author and her work
Prize Work: The Wild Iris
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

Robert Olen Butler1993 Fiction
Robert Olen Butler, 69MA
More about the author and his work
Prize Work: A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

 

James Tate1992 Poetry
James Tate, 67MFA
More about the author and his work
Prize Work: Selected Poems
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

Jane Smiley1992 Fiction
Jane Smiley, 75MA, 76MFA, 78PhD
More about the author and her work
Prize Work: A Thousand Acres
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

Mona Van Duyn1991 Poetry
Mona Van Duyn, 43MA
More about the author and her work
Prize Work: Near Changes
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

Rita Dove1987 Poetry
Rita Dove, 77MFA
More about the author and her work
Prize Work: Thomas and Beulah
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

John Camp1986 Feature Writing
John Camp, 66BA, 71MA
For his work at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch




Carolyn Kizer1985 Poetry
Carolyn Kizer
More about the author and her work
Prize Work: Yin
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

Paul Conrad1983 Editorial Cartooning
Paul Conrad, 50BA
More about the author and his work
For his work at the Los Angeles Times

 

Tracy Kidder1982 General Non-Fiction
Tracy Kidder, 74MFA
More about the author and his work
Prize Work: The Soul of a New Machine


Donald Justice1980 Poetry
Donald Justice, 54PhD
More about the author and his work
Selected Poems

 

Robert Penn Warren1980 Poetry
Robert Penn Warren
More about the author and his work
Now and Then: Poems 1976-1978
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

John Cheever1979 Fiction
John Cheever
More about the author and his work
The Stories of John Cheever
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

James Alan McPherson1978 Fiction
James Alan McPherson, 71MFA
More about the author and his work
Elbow Room
Currently a Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

Robert Lowell1974 Poetry
Robert Lowell
More about the author and his work
The Dolphin



Wallace Stegner1972 Fiction
Wallace Stegner, 32MA, 35PhD
More about the author and his work
Angle of Repose
Former UI Faculty Member

 

Paul Conrad1971 Editorial Cartooning
Paul Conrad, 50BA
More about the author and his work
For his work at the Los Angeles Times


Marquis Childs1970 Commentary
Marquis Childs, 25MA
More about the author and his work
For his work at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Former UI Student

 

Anthony Hecht1968 Poetry
Anthony Hecht
The Hard Hours
(Former UI student)

 

John Berryman1965 Poetry
John Berryman
77 Dream Songs
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

Paul Conrad1964 Editorial Cartooning
Paul Conrad, 50BA
More about the author and his work
For his work at the Denver Post

 

W.D. Snodgrass1960 Poetry
W.D. Snodgrass, 49BA, 51MA, 53MFA
Heart's Needle


Robert Penn Warren1958 Poetry
Robert Penn Warren
More about the author and his work
Promises: Poems 1954-46


Tennessee Williams1955 Drama
Tennessee Williams, 38BA
More about the author and his work
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


1954 National Reporting
Richard Wilson
For his exclusive publication of the FBI Report to the White House in the Harry Dexter White case prior to its being laid before the Senate by J. Edgar Hoover, Des Moines Register Tribune. Former UI student

 

Don Ultang1952 Photography
Don Ultang, 39BA
For his work at the Des Moines Register and Tribune


Tennessee Williams1948 Drama
Tennessee Williams, 38BA
More about the author and his work
A Streetcar Named Desire


Robert Lowell1947 Poetry
Robert Lowell
More about the author and his work
Lord Weary's Castle
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

Robert Penn Warren1947 Novel
Robert Penn Warren
More about the author and his work
All the King's Men
Former Writers' Workshop faculty member

 

Frank Luther Mott1939 History
Frank Luther Mott
More about the author and his work
A History of American Magazines
(Mott was director of the School of Journalism before Wilbur Schramm took over in 1943.)