Sparks Prize winner to read from debut novel Jan. 25

Author: Arts and Letters


Angela Hur, the 2005 winner of the University of Notre Dame’s Sparks Prize, awarded annually to a student in the University’s Creative Writing Program, will read from her first novel, “The Queens of K-Town,” at 7:30p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 25) in the Hospitality Room of the South Dining Hall on campus.

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, the event is free and open to the public.

Hur earned her master of fine arts degree through the program last year and became the fourth recipient of the Sparks Prize, established in 2001 with a $1.5 million gift from Notre Dame alumnus and best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, whose works include such novels as “The Notebook,” “Message in a Bottle” and “A Walk to Remember.” The $20,000 prize provides one year of residency for a graduate of the program, enabling an emerging writer to concentrate expressly on his or her writing. The winner also teaches one course in the program and gives one public reading at the University.

The Creative Writing Program is a two-year degree program centered on workshops in poetry and fiction and offers courses in literature, translation, literary publishing and thesis preparation. The highly selective program admits just 10 writers each year.

Contact: _Coleen Hoover, Creative Writing Program, 574-631-7526, _

Originally published by Julie Flory at on January 19, 2006.