Tree of Smoke won best novel at the National Book Awards. Mr. Johnson couldn't attend the ceremony because he is "on assignment in Iraq." Hopefully, this will give his writing the wide appreciation it so thoroughly deserves.
Robert Hass's Time and Materials won for poetry.
Denis graduated from the IWW in 1974, and both gentlemen have taught there.
Sherman Alexie won for young people's literature with his book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.