Joy Harjo, professor and chair of excellence in the Department of English, is the recipient of the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize–the prestigious award that honors a living U.S. poet for outstanding lifetime achievement. The Chicago Sun Times featured Harjo and praised her for following her Native American roots. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo, 66,
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The Knoxville News Sentinel reported on news that English professor Joy Harjo was recently recognized for her work. Harjo has been awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a $100,000 prize that annually recognizes the work of a living American poet for outstanding lifetime accomplishments.
Urmila Seshagiri, associate professor of English, will spend her summer putting the pieces of Virginia Woolf’s life together thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend.
Joy Harjo, an internationally recognized poet, musician, author, and playwright who serves on UT’s English faculty, has won one of the nation’s largest literary prizes in poetry.
As a poet and military veteran, MFA candidate Jeb Herrin has found success—and solace—drawing on his five years as a medic with the third infantry division during Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Herrin, who will participate in the graduate hooding ceremony on Thursday, has won awards for his poetry and had his work published several journals and an anthology. His thesis is a compilation of war poems.
The Knoxville News Sentinel recounts how UT doctoral student David Gatewood recently won big on Jeopardy. Gatewood, a graduate teaching associate in the Department of English, faced the returning champion and got off to a slow start. However, he managed to pull ahead after he answered the last question correctly and advanced on the show.
WBIR-TV Channel 10 highlighted UT’s AustenFest, a three-day celebration of the work of 18th-century author Jane Austen. The event runs through Friday.
Michael Knight, professor in the Department of English, received highly positive reviews for his book Eveningland in the New York Times.
Students looking for a greater challenge in their English courses can now enroll in an advanced writing-intensive course being offered by the Department of English. English 290, an optional course for students who earned an AP score of 4 or 5 and thus received credit for English 101, offers a head-start in the skills students will be using in their more advanced courses.
UT Professor Misty Anderson recently spoke to WUOT’s Victor Agreda for Morning Edition.