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Spring Kudos

Posted: 5/9/2014 10:16:01 AM
As we exit another academic year, it gives me great pleasure to announce the following wonders that have been accomplished by the members of this amazing department:

o   Amy Carroll was presented with the 2013 Louis I. Bredvold Prize for Scholarly or Creative Publication.

o   Natalie Bakopoulos was presented with the 2014 Louis I. Bredvold Prize for Scholarly or Creative Publication.

o   Lorna Goodison was awarded the Commander of the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican Government for her service to literature. Lorna was also featured on the PBS Newshour this year where she gave a reading of her poetry. Lorna is one of three nominees for the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.

o   Laura Kasischke is the winner of the 2013 Michigan Author Award, and her novel Bird in a Blizzard has been adapted to a film which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

o   Eileen Pollack’s essay “Pigeons” was selected for inclusion in the The Best American Essays 2013.

o   Khaled Mattawa was appointed one of two new chancellors to the Academy of American Poets.

o   Michael Byers received Rackham’s Master’s Mentoring Award.

o   Enoch Brater was on BBC-Radio to talk about his two-volume work, The Private Notebooks and Diaries of Arthur Miller.

o   Jessica Young’s collection of narrative poetry, Alice’s Sister, was published this year.

o   Gina Brandolino’s ENG290 Horror Course was featured in Concentrate, an online magazine. http://www.concentratemedia.com/features/ginabrandolino0259.aspx

o   Bill Ingram’s essay “John Cholmley on the Bankside” won Honorable Mention for the Best Essay on Theatre History from the Journal Early Theatre.

o   Van Jordan’s The Cineaste has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

o   Michael Awkward was interviewed on PCNtv about his new book Philadelphia Freedoms.

o   David Porter has won a prize for best app in the Teaching and Learning category of the 2014 Mobile Apps Challenge, an annual UM app development competition sponsored by Computer Science and Engineering, Information and Technology Services, the Office of Technology Transfer, and Apple.  David's app helps students of Chinese learn to read, write, translate, and recite a selection of poems from the Tang Dynasty.  It is available for free download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

o   Linda Gregerson has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

o   Megan Levad, along with composer Tucker Fuller, have created a song cycle, LABOR: Songs for Unmaking a Living, which the New Resonance Orchestra will be premiering this Spring at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans.

o   Melanie Yergeau’s co-authored article “Multimodality in Motion: Disability and Kairotic Spaces” in Kairos has received the Accessibility and Digital Composition Award from Computers and Composition Digital Press.

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