Alumnus Honored for New Book of Poetry
January 11, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University alumnus Richard Spilman is the recipient
of the Sacramento Poetry Center Award for his book In the Night Speaking (SPC Press, 2009).
The book is Spilman’s fourth publication to receive accolades. His collection of short
stories, Hot Fudge, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1990. His chapbook Suspension won the New American Press Award in 2006. His most recent book, a collection of short
fiction titled The Estate Sale, won the George Garrett Prize in December of 2009 and will be published by the Texas
Review Press in 2010.
Spilman shared his memories of Illinois Wesleyan with Professor of English and Chair
of the English Department James Plath on his blog.
Born and raised in Normal, Ill., Spilman graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in 1968.
He earned a master’s degree from San Francisco State University and a doctorate from
State University of New York at Binghamton. He now teaches creative writing at Wichita
State University in Kansas.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960