- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 16, 2001

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - National Book Award-winner Joyce Carol Oates has not forgotten one of the first places that published her work.

She still sends short stories into the Prairie Schooner, a literary magazine at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. And she spoke Saturday at the magazine's 75th anniversary celebration.

She told about 500 people at the Cornhusker Hotel that she loves to write, and does it while she is running, on sheets of paper when she is flying and in the backs of limousines when she is riding in style.

The author of "Blonde: A Novel," as well as other novels, short stories and poems, Ms. Oates said her poetry is prose-like and she works longer at writing than many poets do.

"Prose writers - we're working all the time," she said. "We're the long-distance truckers of America."

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