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Pulitzer winner takes FSU post

When Robert Olen Butler won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1993 for A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, everyone expected him to immediately leave his post at tiny McNeese State University.

"Oh, I had offers from Ivy League schools and colleges all around the country," said Butler, who was a writing professor in Lake Charles, La. "But none of them interested me."

Until now.

Florida State University's creative writing program has announced that Butler will join the faculty in the fall.

"It's been extremely obvious to see his excitement about the teaching process," Dean Donald Foss said. "I'm excited about his teaching philosophy."

Butler said he wants to focus on the creative process of fiction writing as well as technique and craft.

"The problem with most student writers is that they're writing from their heads," he said "Fiction comes from your heart. It comes from where you dream."