David Michael Kaplan - 1999

David Michael Kaplan, "Bamboo," 1999What the award meant: Winning the Algren was a wonderful thing, since it's such a prestigious award and has been won in the past by writers I admired tremendously, such as Stuart Dybek, while even other writers I admired, such as Joy Williams, have been runners-up. It definitely raised my profile in the Chicago literary community. As I've often said, everyone should have the experience of and pleasure in winning a significant award! HANDOUT
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