- Friday, September 3rd at 7pm Central, a virtual discussion about the poet Marianne Moore between Dr. Elizabeth Gregory and poet Jennifer Chang will be hosted by Brazos Bookstore in honor of Dr. Gregory's new book on Moore’s later career, Apparition of Splendor: Marianne Moore Performing Democracy through Celebrity, 1952-1970 (U Delaware Press). To register for the event with Brazos please follow the link: https://www.brazosbookstore.com/event/virtual-elizabeth-gregory-apparition-splendor
- A new scholarship program for undergraduate research is now accepting applications. The Research for Aspiring Coogs in the Humanities (REACH) program participants will receive a $1,500 scholarship to carry out undergraduate research and contribute to an existing project at the University of Houston during the 2021-2022 academic year. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in humanities disciplines are invited to apply. Students must apply by September 7th.
Faculty, Students, and Alumni In the News
Dr. Roberto Tejada has been awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship for his poetry, chosen through a peer-review process, recipients are “exceptional individuals in pursuit of scholarship . . . and creation”.
Poetry professor francine j. harris has won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award for her third collection of poetry Here is the Sweet Hand (FSG, 2020).
- Three of Dr. Laura Turchi's undergraduate students have had their profiles' of poets published as part of National Poetry Month’s Poet of the Day series from NCTE. Congratulations to Lindsay Bien who profiled poet Angelina Weld Grimké, to Natalie Gibson who profiled poet Sarah Kay, and to Mariana Ordoñez who profiled Javier Zamora.
Professor Kevin Prufer and alumni Bryan Washington (B.A.) and Tony Diaz (Ph.D.) have been named 2021 honorees of The Texas Institute of Letters. They join the ranks of the honor society that celebrates Texas literature and recognizes distinctive literary achievement.
Professor francine j. harris' poetry collection Here is the Sweet Hand (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2020) shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Dr. Cedric Tolliver's monograph Of Vagabonds and Fellow Travelers: African Diaspora Literary Culture and the Cultural Cold War (University of Michigan Press, 2020) named to the American Library Association's Choice Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) list for 2020.
Alumna Novuyo Rosa Tshuma wins prestigious 2020 Lannan Literary Foundation Fellowship for Fiction.
Alumnus Jericho Brown Wins 2020 Pulitzer Prize for his poetry collection The Tradition.
Alumnus Bryan Washington’s short story collection Lot Wins the 2020 Dylan Thomas Prize.
English Department Publications
Forum: The Newsletter of the UH Department of English
Creative Writing Program: Spotlight