Larry Levis, a poet at the University of Utah, has received $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Levis is the author of several books of poetry, including "Wrecking Crew," "The Afterlife" and "Winter Stars," a book of elegies and love songs. He is considered one of the most original of the young American poets.He currently directs the creative writing department at the U. The money was awarded to allow him more free time to write. He has won two other NEA fellowships in the past, as well as a Guggenheim.

The NEA gave out $1.9 million in grants this year to 96 poets and prose writers.

- PARIS (Reuters) - British writer Bruce Chatwin, best known for his 1977 work "In Patagonia," has died in the southern French city of Nice, his French publishing house Grasset announced.

A Grasset spokeswoman said Chatwin, who was in his late 40s and based in England, had spent the past three months in the South of France working on a new book.

She was unable to give the cause of his death but other reports said he died of a rare bone marrow disease, which he wrote about contracting in China.

Among his best-known works are "In Patagonia" and a book about Australian aborigines called "The Songlines," published in 1987.

Chatwin wrote three novels, "The Viceroy of Ouidah," "On the Black Hill" and "Utz."

- BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Sandor Weores, widely regarded as Hungary's greatest contemporary poet, has died aged 75, the state news agency MTI reported.

He was awarded the Kossuth Prize, Hungary's highest state award, in 1970 and rumors circulated Budapest in 1987 that he was in the running for a Nobel Prize.

Attacked during the Stalinist era, all but his translations and children's poems were suppressed for seven years from 1949.