NY Names State Poet, Author

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  • Alison Lurie; photo courtesy: alisonlurie.com
  • Marie Howe; photo courtesy: poets.org
    
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By Jon Campbell, Albany Bureau

ALBANY -- A Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and a well-known poet have been tapped for a pair of top state writing posts.

White Plains native Alison Lurie was named the official New York State Author late Wednesday, while Marie Howe -- who was raised in Rochester -- will serve as the State Poet.

"Marie and Alison represent the rich talent and diversity that New York has to offer," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "Both of them have inspired New Yorkers all across the state, and their works are major assets to us all."

Both Lurie and Howe were recommended by the NYS Writers Institute and will serve two-year terms.

Howe was born and raised in Rochester. She's written three books of poetry, including 1988's "The Good Thief," which was selected for the National Poetry Series. Howe currently is a faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College in Westchester County.

Lurie has authored 10 novels, including "Foreign Affairs," which won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She served as a professor at Cornell University from 1968 until 1998.

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