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Lisa Russ Spaar finalist for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Professor Lisa Russ Spaar is one of five finalists for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing for the National Book Critics Circle Awards. These awards are some of the most prestigious American literary awards and are judged by a panel of critics and book review editors. Read more about the awards and other nominees here.

James Salter in residence at UVA
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Author James Salter spoke to UVA Today recently about his time in residence with the UVA English Department's Creative Writing Program. The Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Program, established last year in the tradition of William Faulkner’s legendary residencies at the University in 1957 and ’58, aims to bring writers of international stature to Charlottesville for one semester to teach and engage with U.Va. students and the literary community.

Salter, the inaugural writer to hold the post, is spending the fall semester at UVA, teaching a graduate workshop on fiction. He gave three public talks last month related to the art of fiction and will read from his work Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. in Nau Hall, room 101, to be followed by a book signing.

Read Salter's full interview with UVA Today here - and watch a video about the Kapnick Residency, including excerpts from Salter's interview, here.

 

Rita Dove Receives 2014 Weinstein Prize
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is the recipient of the 2014 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry. The prize was awarded at the 17th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration on October 18 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Established in 2005, the prize is awarded each year to a poet with strong connections to the commonwealth of Virginia. The $10,000 annual prize recognizes significant recent contribution to the art of poetry and is awarded on the basis of a range of achievement in the field of poetry.

Read the full press release below:

 

Rita Dove has served as Poet Laureate of the United States and consultant to the Library of Congress (1993-1995) and as Poet Laureate of Virginia (2004-2006). She holds honorary doctoral degrees from 25 American universities. She won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Thomas & Beulah and numerous other literary awards and honors, including the 2008 Library of Virginia’s Literary Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Now another prestigious literary honor is going to the multitalented poet. Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is the recipient of the 2014 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry. It will be awarded at the 17th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration on October 18 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.  Established in 2005, the prize is awarded each year to a poet with strong connections to the commonwealth of Virginia. The $10,000 annual prize recognizes significant recent contribution to the art of poetry and is awarded on the basis of a range of achievement in the field of poetry.
 
Dove was selected by the current curators of the Weinstein Prize—Elizabeth Seydel “Buffy” Morgan, David Wojahn, Ron Smith, and Donald E. Selby Jr.—who wrote, “For more than four decades, Dove has been a vital presence in American verse, both by virtue of the ambition and resonance of her verse, and for her role as a public spokesperson for poetry during a time when its potential audience has never been larger. We are delighted to honor a poet of such accomplishment, sensitivity, and music. Rita Dove eschews the narrow and embraces the human. She speaks to all of us.”  Previous recipients of Weinstein Prize include George Garrett, R. T. Smith, Henry Hart, Elizabeth Seydel “Buffy” Morgan, Ron Smith, Kelly Cherry, Eleanor Ross Taylor, Charles Wright, and Lisa Russ Spaar.
 
In addition to her Pulitzer Prize-winning Thomas and Beulah, Dove is the author of eight other collections of poetry including Sonata Mulattica, American Smooth, Mother Love, On the Bus with Rosa Parks, Grace Notes, Museum, Selected Poem, and The Yellow House on the Corner.  She has also published a collection of stories, Fifth Sunday; a novel, Through the Ivory Gate; a collection of her Poet Laureate lectures, The Poet's World; a verse drama, The Darker Face of the Earth; and, as editor, The Penguin Anthology of 20th-Century American Poetry.
 
Other notable awards and honors that Dove has received are the 2011 National Medal of Arts from President Obama, the 1996 National Humanities Medal from President Clinton, the 2003 Emily Couric Leadership Award, the 2009 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University.

The Great English Exposition Wednesday at 7pm
Monday, October 27, 2014

If you are an English major or potential English major, come out to The Great English Exposition this Wednesday at 7pm in Bryan Hall 229. This information session, sponsored by the English Department and UVa College Council, will include faculty sepakers, an introduction to our new specialist in Career Services, and exciting new updates about the major, including:

The New Undergraduate English Association
New Tracks in the Major
Spring Courses
The UVA Winter Reading Project
The Honors Program . The London Program . The BA/MA Program
…and more!

Snacks will be provided. For more information, email jeb2sm@virginia.edu.

Gregory Orr on Here & Now
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Professor Gregory Orr spoke to Robin Young on Here and Now about living after an accidental shooting death. Orr reflects on the recent incident in which a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor at an Arizona firing range, as well as his own tragic experience: when he was 12 years old, he killed a younger brother in a hunting accident. Orr reads from his own poetry and discusses finding meaning after an incomprehensible tragedy.

Listen to the interview here.

 

 

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