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  • The Lewis & Clark Fiction Prize is a fiction award given to the single most outstanding work of fiction by a student entering the competition. Many of America’s leading fiction writers won their first recognition through on-campus prizes.

    This contest is open to all students with senior standing and currently enrolled full-time at Lewis & Clark College. This includes non-English majors.  The judge will be an off-campus fiction writer.  The winning fiction writer is awarded a cash prize of $100.

  • The Academy of American Poets Prize is a national poetry award for college students. Many of America’s most esteemed poets won their first recognition through an Academy College Prize, including Diane Ackerman, Toi Derricotte, Mary Doty, Alice Fulton, Tess Gallagher, Louise Glück, Allen Grossman, Jorie Graham, Kimiko Hahn, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Brad Leithauser, J.D. McClatchy, Heather McHugh, Gregory Orr, Robert Pinsky, Sylvia Plath, Mark Rudman, Mary Jo Salter, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, George Starbuck, Mark Strand, and Charles Wright.

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    For Associate Professor of English Pauls Toutonghi, summer break meant a three-month national tour for his newly released narrative nonfiction book, Dog Gone. Now he’s back in the classroom, teaching creative writing and encouraging his students to mine their own lives for stories.
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    Associate Professor of English, Rachel, Cole, has been selected to participate in an interdisciplinary seminar on slave narratives.
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    As the recipient of a prestigious fellowship at the International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle, Dr. Pauls Toutonghi will spend four weeks in residency, working on his next book, The Lost Ocean.
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    Mary Szybist, associate professor of English, is the winner of the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry with her latest collection, Incarnadine. Szybist is the second National Book Award poetry winner from Lewis & Clark, joining William Stafford, who won in 1963.
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    For Associate Professor of English Pauls Toutonghi, his grandfather’s journey from Aleppo, Syria to the United States in the mid-twentieth century provides powerful inspiration. Toutonghi tells his grandfather’s story in The New Yorker in a just-published essay, “Leaving Aleppo.” 
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    Two of just 37 poets selected from among 1,800 applicants, poets Corey Van Landingham BA ’08 and Nick Lantz BA ’03 are recipients of 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. One of Van Landingham’s poems was printed in the Jan. 16 issue of The New Yorker.
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    Two of just 37 poets selected from among 1,800 applicants, poets Corey Van Landingham BA ’08 and Nick Lantz BA ’03 are recipients of 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. One of Van Landingham’s poems was printed in the Jan. 16 issue of The New Yorker.
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    A version of Lyell Asher’s article entitled, “Your Students Crave Moral Simplicity. Resist” appeared in the  February 10, 2017 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.  This essay originally appeared in The American Scholar.
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    Dr. Rishona Zimring received a Newberry Library Short Term Fellowship for Summer 2015.
  • Two of just 37 poets selected from among 1,800 applicants, poets Corey Van Landingham BA ’08 and Nick Lantz BA ’03 are recipients of 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. One of Van Landingham’s poems was printed in the Jan. 16 issue of The New Yorker.
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    Funding the “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.”
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    Erica Terpening-Romeo B.A. ’14 is a distinguished scholar, seasoned thespian, skilled writer, successful entrepreneur, and recipient of two of Lewis & Clark’s highest annual honors—the Rena J. Ratte Award and the Senior Woman Recognition Award, given by the American Association of University Women. Never before has a graduating student received both of these prestigious awards.
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    New generations discover the power of creative writing at Lewis & Clark.
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    On November 1, 2013, Samuel Tidwell B.A. ’13 left his home in Greenfield, California with nothing but essential belongings that could be carried in a backpack and a homemade hand cart. Only three weeks earlier, Tidwell had committed himself to walking across the United States.
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    Mary Szybist, associate professor of English, is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the category of creative arts. Szybist’s fellowship will be devoted to work on her next volume of poetry, a follow-up to her award-winning collection Incarnadine.
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    This spring, the U.S. Postal Service released a 91-cent Ralph Ellison stamp as part of its Literary Arts series, which aims to honor distinguished writers in U.S. history. In accordance with this memorial gesture, Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities John Callahan and three other scholars were selected to comment on the cultural impact of Ellison’s work.
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    Mary Szybist, associate professor of English, is the winner of a 2014 Oregon Book Award, taking home the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry for her latest collection, Incarnadine.

 

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