Calvin Hennick (BA English '04) wins Pushcart Editors' Book Award

For "Once More To The Rodeo: A Memoir"
Friday, September 20, 2019

Calvin HennickCalvin Hennick, who earned a bachelor's degree in English in 2004 from the University of Iowa, has won the Pushcart Editors' Book Award for his new book, Once More To The Rodeo: A Memoir.

The memoir will be published in December 2019 by Pushcart Press.

Hennick said the book is "a father-son road trip memoir, where I take my young biracial son back to my small Iowa hometown in a (somewhat ridiculous) quest to figure out fatherhood, manhood, family, life, and a bunch of other stuff way too big to tackle in ten days in a rented Toyota Avalon."

Kirkus Reviews, which gave Once More to the Rodeo a starred review, calls it a "tender and engrossing travelogue that fully embodies 'what it means to be a man and a father.'"

Hennick, 37, is a freelance journalist who lives in Milton, Massachusetts. His travel writing has been featured in the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo Travel, and other publications. He also writes about business and technology for the CDW family of technology magazines, including BizTech, EdTech, FedTech, StateTech, and HealthTech.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.