Literary Arts congratulates Bhion Achimba, MFA class of 2022, for receiving the prestigious Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. On October 21, 2023, a special event at the Poetry Foundation will bring all five fellows together for the first time for a free public reading to share their poetry and celebrate their accomplishments.
Keith Waldrop, recipient of the National Book Award in Poetry, died on 27 July 2023. Keith retired from Brown as Brooke Russell Astor Professor in 2011; a distinguished poet and translator, he was named Chevalier of Arts and Letters from the French government. Keith and his wife, Rosmarie, ran Burning Deck Press for over 50 years and published over 200 books.
Aya Natalia Karpinska, MFA '03, was part of the design team that won the prestigious Core 77 Design Award for Interaction. The team created an augmented reality experience for a gallery of photographs in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Colin Channer has been honored by Poets & Writers as recipient of a Writers for Writers award for 2023. The award is given to writers who have been given generously to other writers and to literature more generally. Colin Channer, associate professor in Literary Arts, was recognized for co-founding the Calabash International Literary Festival, and supporting end encouraging writers from the African diaspora, the Americas, Europe and Asia, and helping readers in th Caribbean and worldwide discover an ever-growing body of literature.
Assistant Professor of Literary Arts Sawako Nakayasu is one of four co-translators awarded the Modern Language Association’s 2021 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of Literary Work for their translation of Yi Sang: Selected Works, published by Wave Books.
Erica Hunt, Bonderman Assistant Professor of the Practice in Poetry, was interviewed in Poets & Writers Magazine about her new poetry collection, Jump the Clock, published in October by Nightboat Books.
“Gay in Nigeria, Black Male in America,” an opinion piece by Chibuihe Obi Achimba MFA ’22, was published in The New York Times on Saturday, Nov. 7. Chibuihe, who is studying poetry in the Literary Arts graduate program, was a 2019 – 2020 Scholar-at-Risk at Harvard University before matriculating at Brown.