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2018-2019 Dixon Award Application

November 16, 2018

Miller Hall

The Lewis & Clark College English Department is pleased to announce this year’s application process for the Dixon Award.  Through the efforts of two of our alumni, Hillary and Adam Dixon, this $2,500.00 award was established in 2002 by the Dixon Family Foundation. It is given to one junior English major each year.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the 2018-2019 application form (attached) and return it to the English Department along with:

  1. A copy of your transcript(s) (unofficial transcripts accepted)
  2. A brief letter of intent (maximum of 2 pages)

Please be specific and thoughtful in describing how you will use the funds, such as:

  • Visiting a library/source that houses a literary collection that will enhance your field of study.
  • Expanding your educational experience by attending writing workshops or lectures.
  • Participating in literary events or conferences.

 Please explain how you feel the experience will enrich your current studies and advance your education as you begin your senior year at Lewis & Clark College.

 All applications are due to Debbie Richman ( in the 4th floor lobby area of Miller by Friday, December 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm. After carefully considering each application, the department will notify this year’s recipient by Friday, December 14, 2018.

 Please contact the English department if you have questions. You might also consider scheduling an appointment with your advisor or another professor for guidance about the application process.  This is a unique gift from the Dixon Family Foundation and we feel fortunate to be able to offer our students the chance to apply for this enriching educational opportunity.

Past Dixon Award Winners


Katie Mitcheltree traveled to two archives over the summer of 2018 to examine the papers of Mary Borden and explore the place of women authors in the literature of World War I. She went to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University and the Churchill Archive Center at the University of Cambridge in England.


Emily Price explored the Construction of Monstrous Morality in Medieval Bestiaries.  She conducted research on her topic at The British Library, Oxford’s Bodleian Library, and the Biblioteca Riccardiana in Florence.


Emma Cranston researched the concept of “Nation Language” in the archives at the University of Birmingham, and the importance of “Caribbean Voices” at the BBC Written Archives in Reading, UK.



Emile Dultra and Emma Post were both recipients in 2015. Emile’s project was a comparative study of Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein in the context of Fascism. Her research was conducted at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.  Emma traveled to Glasgow, Scotland where she conducted research on the visual and poetic work of Edwin Morgan in the Special Collections at the University of Glasgow.


2014 co-winners were Lillian Tuttle and Caitlin Degnon.  Lilian attended the “Mansfield in France” conference in Paris. Caitlin traveled to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to study the influence of anthropology on Zora Neale Hurston’s racial depictions.


Taylor Wallau traveled to the Houghton Library at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts to study the manuscripts and heritage of Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Jordan Buysse traveled to Trieste, Italy to attend the 15th annual Trieste James Joyce School.


Casey Newbegin and Warren Kluber were both recipients in 2011.  Casey perused the personal papers of Leonard Woolf at the University of Sussex in Brighton, in part to assess how his support, care, and criticism during his wife, Virginia Woolf’s, mental illness may have affected her writing. Warren traveled to Gambia, Mauritania, and rural parts of Senegal to explore how local oral traditions, especially those of the story-telling griots, relate to the African novel’s “context, influences, and heritage.”


Riley Johnson and Sarah Osborne were co-winners of the 2010 award.  Both students opted to travel to England to conduct their research.  Riley investigated the effect of coffeehouses in the Augustan literary landscape at Cambridge. Sarah researched John Milton’s manuscripts and poetic ambitions as a student.


Marley Badolati traveled to Massachusetts to study the influence of Robert Lowell on the poets Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton.


Jessica Cartwright traveled to the Alex Turnbull Library in New Zealand to study Katherine Mansfield.


Stephanie Beechem attended the 2007 MLA Convention in order to gain a greater understanding of French influences on Wallace Stevens’s poetry.