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Prof. Tom Chiarella Honored with National Magazine Award

May 2, 2009

Tom Chiarella Indy Star.jpgMay 2, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Tom Chiarella, visiting professor of creative writing at DePauw University and fiction editor for Esquire, is being recognized with a 2009 National Magazine Award. Chiarella, Francine Maroukian, Tom Junod and the magazine's editors were honored for "The Esquire Almanac of Steak," which appeared in the September 2008 issue. The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) presented the awards April 30 in New York City.

"The Esquire Almanac of Steak" was the winning entry in the Leisure Interests category. "This category recognizes excellent service journalism about leisure-time pursuits," notes ASME. "The practical advice or instruction presented should help readers enjoy hobbies or other recreational interests."

Overall, there were 26 winners across 20 categories. Named after the Alexander Calder stabile "Elephant," the 2009 "Ellies" drew an impressive 1,707 entries from more than 350 print and online magazines. Established in 1966, the Tom Chiarella - Butcher.jpgNational Magazine Awards is the preeminent program in the magazine industry to honor editorial excellence. ASME presents the awards program in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. (above right: Chiarella as a butcher, a trade he learned as part of the award-winning Esquire entry)

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Tom Chiarella -- author of the books Foley's Luck, Writing Dialogue and Thursday's Game: Notes from a Golfer with Far to Go -- was featured in the Indianapolis Star last June. Learn more about the professor in this story.

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