Pulitzer Prize Awarded to Two Yaddo Artists
It was announced on Monday that Yaddo artists Doug Wright and Paul Moravec are recipients of 2004 Pulitzer Prize, and the Yaddo poet, Henri Cole, was a finalist for the esteemed award.
Mr. Wright received the drama award for his critically acclaimed play I Am My Own Wife, which tells the story of a German transvestite, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, and her survival of the Nazi era and Soviet-dominated Communist dictatorship. In a moment of prophesy, the Wall Street Journal insisted that "the show deserves every prize there is." Currently serving on the board of the New York Theatre Workshop, Mr. Wright is no stranger to recognition, having received an Obie Award for his play Quills and a Golden Globe nomination for its subsequent screenplay adaptation.
Five-time Yaddo resident Paul Moravec received the Pulitzer in music for his piece "Tempest Fantasy," composed for clarinet, violin, and piano, which premiered in May of 2003 at Manhattan's Morgan Library. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia University, Mr. Moravec's music has been hailed as "breathtakingly beautiful" by the Washington Post. Mr. Moravec is currently the head of the music department at Adelphi University.
Yaddo writer Henri Cole was a finalist in the poetry category for his fifth volume of poetry, Middle Earth, which received the 2004 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Mr. Cole is presently the poet-in-residence at Smith College.
The Pulitzer Prize awards will be presented in late May at a luncheon at Columbia University. Each of the winners will receive $10,000. To date, Yaddo artists have received 59 Pulitzers Prizes. For a list of all Yaddo recipients, click here.