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Archive for May, 2009

Poet Larissa Szporluk named Guggenheim Fellow

Posted by bgsuenglish on May 11, 2009


Larissa Szporluk, associate professor of Creative Writing, has been named a Guggenhein Fellow.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation recently announced 180 recipients of the prestigious award from over 3,000 applicants. Larissa plans to use the award to complete her fifth book of poetry. Her previous titles include 1998’s Dark Sky Question, winner of the Barnard Poetry Prize; Isolato, winner of the Iowa Poetry PrizeĀ  (2000); The Wind, Master Cherry, The Wind (2003), and Embryos and Idiots (2007). Her poetry has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2001, New American Voices, 20th-Century American Poetry, Contemporary Poetry in the U.S. among others. Larissa has also received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, an Ohio Arts Council grant, and participated in the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

This is a great honor for Larissa, not to mention Creative Writing, the Department of English, and BGSU!

Congratulations, Larissa!


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MFA Poets Read for National Poetry Month

Posted by bgsuenglish on May 4, 2009

From Wendell Mayo, Director of the Creative Writing program:

We’ve just discovered that a second of our MFA poetry graduates has had work selected for the National Council of Teachers of English‘s web site for last month’s National Poetry Month. Julie Platt reads her poem, “The Finwife is Dismissed,” from her chapbook In the Kingdom of my Familiar. Julie received her MFA in 2007 and went on to the Ph.D. program in Rhetoric and Writing at Michigan State University. Each day during the month of April, NCTE publishes an audio or video recording of a poem performed by the author. The audio recording of Julie’s poem is available here. Her poem was selected April 19. You can also listen to Qiana Towns (MFA 2008), whose poem, “Occult,” was selected for April 14.

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Graduate Student Earns Honors for Video Project

Posted by bgsuenglish on May 4, 2009

Bethany Snyder-Morse, Ph.D. candidate in the Rhetoric and Writing program, was awarded an Honorable Mention and $100 for her video: “Respect: Worth Holding Onto.” The BGSU Human Relations Commission presented this award to Bethany as part of the second annual B!G on Respect Video Contest held on May 1. Special congratulations to Bethany for being selected from a very competitive pool of submissions!

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