Department of English

Alumnus John Meyer's 'American Volunteers' makes the longlist for 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize

Thu, July 22, 2010
Alumnus John Meyer's 'American Volunteers' makes the longlist for 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize

The English Department would like to congratulate 2010 graduate John Meyer, whose play 'American Volunteers' made it to the longlist for the 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize. The University of Wales confers the £30,000 award annually upon a talented, English-speaking writer under thirty years of age. Meyer joins fifteen other young writers from all over the world on the longlist, and his inclusion marks a momentous occasion: 'American Volunteers' is the first play ever to make it to consideration on the longlist for the Dylan Thomas Prize. A committee of three judges will decide the winner, which will be announced in September. Read more about the award here.

American Volunteers follows a squad of special operations Rangers as they patrol the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The play focuses on the three sergeants responsible for leading the squad, and the conflict that arises as each pursues life, liberty, or happiness. American Volunteers premiered as a part of Austin's FronteraFest 2010, one of the largest fringe theater festivals in the south and southwest; in May, Meyer received a Mitchell Award in recognition of his work. Video and dialogue from American Volunteers is now available on the English Department website.

John M. Meyer was born in Dallas, Texas in 1982. After growing up in New Orleans and Kansas City, he served in the Army as an Airborne Ranger.  His service included combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the fall, he will begin pursuing a PhD in government. His writing has appeared in a number of literary journals and newspapers, and his novel manuscript received the Roy L. Crane Award for literary achievement. On campus, he has been involved with Shakespeare Outreach, Spirit of Shakespeare, Shakespeare at Winedale, UT Toastmasters, Foot in the Door Theater, and Lambda Omega Alpha.

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