Department of English News

News Sentinel: Harjo Wins $100,000 Award for Poetry

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.

Poetic Justice: Graduating Veteran Finds Satisfaction, Solace in Writing Verse

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.

Knoxville News Sentinel: UT Grad Student Wins Big on Jeopardy

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.

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