Professor to Await News Regarding Warwick Prize

By Elizabeth Romero, Intern of CHASS College Computing

Mike Davis, who is a distinguished professor of Creative Writing, known for his activism, journalism, and urban studies, is one of twenty listed candidates for the first Warwick prize.

The Warwick prize is set to “explore how writing evolves and pick out its moving edge.” University staff from Croatia, America, Canada, Australia, UK, Ireland, Spain and Colombia will be judged on their individualist style of writing. The judging panel will be monitored by China Miéville, with judge journalists Maya Jaggi, Maureen Freely, Stephen Mitchelmore, and Professor Ian Stewart.

Miéville stated about the contestants' writings: "The style, form, genre and content of the works on the list is incredibly varied; the quality is anything but. Getting from this longlist to a shortlist, let alone a winner, will demand exactly the kind of open-minded and argumentative reading the prize is designed for, and, we hope, start many conversations about literature."

Areas of judged literature range from politics, math, economics, global warming, slavery, nature, music, science fiction and poetry.

Mike Davis' book, Planet of Slums, will have to wait until January 23rd, 2009, to see if it makes the list shortlist of six titles. The final winner will be announced in February at the University of Warwick.

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