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Patricia Hampl first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her memoir about her Czech heritage, which was awarded a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship in 1981. This book and subsequent works established her as an influential figure in the rise of autobiographical writing in the past 20 years. A new edition of A Romantic Education, with a post-Cold War "Afterword", appeared in 1992. She also has two collections of poetry, Woman before an Aquarium, and Resort and Other Poems. In 1987 she published Spillville, a meditation on Antonin Dvorak's summer in Iowa, with engravings by Steven Sorman. Virgin Time, a memoir about her Catholic upbringing and an inquiry into contemplative life, was published by W.W. Norton in 1992 (paperback Ballantine, 1993). In 2001, Resort and Other Poems was reissued by Carnegie Mellon University Press, as part of their Contemporary Classics series in American poetry.
In 1999, W.W. Norton published her book, I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory, as well as a new edition of A Romantic Education with a new "Afterword" in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. I Could Tell You Stories was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Awards in the category of General Nonfiction in 2000. Her short story, The Bill Collector's Vacation, was awarded a 1999 Pushcart Prize. Her essay, A Week in the Word, is included in Best American Essays 1999. Another essay, Other People's Secrets, appears in the Pushcart Prize anthology for 2001. Her last three books have been named Notable Books of the year by The New York Times Book Review. In 1990 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.
Ms. Hampl has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Bush Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (twice, in poetry and prose), Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Djerassi Foundation. She was Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor of Literature at Carleton College, fall 1987; Emens Distinguished Professor at Ball State University, spring 1989; and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Writing at the University of Iowa, spring 1994. She was a resident fellow at the Bellagio Study Center of the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, fall 1991. She has received honorary doctorates from the College of St. Catherine, the University of St. Thomas, and Luther College. During spring semester 2001, she was a Fellow at the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France.
Ms. Hampl is the editor of Burning Bright, an anthology of sacred poetry of the West (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) from Ballantine Books (1995). She is the editor as well of The Houghton Mifflin Anthology of Short Fiction (1989). She has written the screenplay for a feature film of Spillville (Robin Burke Productions).
In 1995 she was a Fulbright fellow in Prague, Czech Republic. Ms. Hampl is Regents' Professor and also McKnight Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she teaches in the MFA program of the English Department. She is also on the permanent faculty of The Prague Summer Program. In 1995 and 1996, she was on the faculty of the Breadloaf Writers Conference to which she returned in 1999, and 2000 and 2003.
She is co-editor with Carl Klaus of the newly established Sightlines Literary Non-Fiction Series from the University of Iowa Press and is currently completing a collection of short stories, The Bill Collector's Vacation. The Silken Chamber, a book on the odalisque figure in art, will appear in 2004.
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