English Department News at UIUC

Mary Hays Wins 2007 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award

Published Date:December 7, 2007

Congratulations to Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award winner:

1st place - Mary Lucille Hays of White Heath for her poem Tippet Hill

The Illinois Center for the Book announced the winners of the third annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition. Thanks to the financial generosity and support of the James Jones Literary Society, the 2007 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition had two divisions again this year - The James Jones Short Story Award and the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.

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Published Date: December 7, 2007


Undergraduate Ian Clausen Wins Marshall Scholarship

Published Date:November 29, 2007

Ian Clausen, a senior majoring in English and religious studies, is the first University of Illinois student in more than 10 years to be awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the United Kingdom.

Clausen, a Wheaton, Ill., native, will begin studying in fall 2008 at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland to earn advanced degrees in theology and ethics and heresiology and ethics. He is one of roughly 40 American college students chosen for the highly selective, all-expenses-paid scholarship.

The Marshall Scholarship Program started in 1953 as a way for the British government to show appreciation for American efforts--the Marshall Plan in particular--to rebuild the UK and Europe after World War II.

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Published Date: November 29, 2007


Six English Department Members Honored with Undergraduate Teaching Awards

Published Date:November 28, 2007

The Undergraduate Teaching Awards Committee announced the recipients of the 2007 English Department teaching awards on Wednesday, November 7. Award winners from English are: David Roark, Tara Lyons, John Rubins, Andrew Moss, and Tony Pollock. Dennis Dullea received special commendation for teaching 100 courses.

Please join us and the committee in congratulating our winners and in thanking all those finalists who submitted portfolios for this competition. We greatly appreciate the excellent work they are all doing on the English Department's behalf.

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Published Date: November 28, 2007


LeAnne Howe's novel Miko Kings explores role of baseball in American Indian life

Author: LeAnne Howe

Published Date:November 8, 2007

Baseball Novel Explores Role of the Game in American Indian Life

The World Series may be over, but the echo of baseball's deep past is very much in the air in LeAnne Howe's new novel, "Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story" (Aunt Lute Books).

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Published Date: November 8, 2007


Nina Baym, has received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Emeritus Fellowship

Published Date:November 5, 2007

Nina Baym, emeritus professor of English, has received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Emeritus Fellowship, an award designed to support faculty who have officially retired but continue to be active and productive in their fields.

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Published Date: November 5, 2007