English Department News at UIUC

Powers Wins National Book Award

Published Date:November 16, 2006

Congratulations to Richard Powers, the Swanlund Professor of English, novelist and University of Illinois writer-in-residence. Powers' novel, "The Echo Maker," has won the 2006 National Book Award for fiction. Powers is the author of eight previous novels and is a MacArthur Fellowship recipient. Five authors were in contention for the National Book Award in the fiction category. It was Powers' second nomination; he also was a finalist in 1993 for "Operation Wandering Soul."

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Published Date: November 16, 2006


Seven Chosen for Undergraduate Teaching Awards in 2006

Published Date:November 15, 2006

The Undergraduate Teaching Awards Committee announced the recipients of the 2006 English Department teaching awards on Monday, November 13. Congratulations and appreciation go to the following award winners: Melissa Free, Ellen McWhorter, Daniel Wong, Iryce Baron, Anna Ivy, John Marsh, and Trish Loughran.

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Published Date: November 15, 2006


Tyehimba Jess Wins Poetry Prize

Published Date:November 2, 2006

Poet and professor Tyehimba Jess was one of 10 U.S. writers to win the 2006 Whiting Writers' Award. The prestigious award, given annually to "emerging writers of exceptional talent and promise," includes a cash prize of $40,000 to each winner. Jess, who joined the English department in 2005, won the 2004 National Poetry Series Award for his first book, "leadbelly."

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Published Date: November 2, 2006


LeAnne Howe Premieres American Indian Documentary

Published Date:September 14, 2006

U. of I. scholar LeAnne Howe will premiere her new documentary, "Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire," at various locations around the country and on public television.

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Published Date: September 14, 2006