UC Press is pleased to announce that Sharon Luk has been awarded with The Modern Language Association of America’s Matei Calinescu Prize for her work The Life of Paper: Letters and a Poetics of Living beyond Capacity. The award, established in 2016 in honor of Romanian poet Matei Calinescu, is given in recognition of a distinguished work of scholarship in twentieth- or twentieth-first-century literature and thought.

The committee noted that “Luk helps us see the epistolary genre chronotopically, both as more complex than we may have imagined and as more relevant to the contemporary period than we may have assumed… This is an important, well-researched, and fascinating theoretical and historical meditation and will add significantly to sociopoetics, studies of California history, histories of incarceration, investigations of ethnoracial United States politics, and theories of care and technologies of the self.”