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Faculty Awards

Jesmyn Ward, Professor of English, won the National Book Award for fiction for Sing, Unburied, Sing, a dark, fablelike family epic set in contemporary Mississippi that grapples with race, poverty and the psychic scars of past violence.

Jesmyn Ward, Associate Professor of English, has been selected as one of the 2017 MacArthur Fellows, or recipient of the so-called “genius grant,” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Associate Professor of English Zachary Lazar's Creative Writing service learning course will be featured in a new documentary produced by Blink Films, a TV production company in the UK. Held at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, the course allows students to workshop creative writing throughout the semester with inmates at the prison. The documentary concerns the neuroscience of creativity and is hosted by the British neuroscientist, David Eagleman. The piece will show in theaters and then will be aired on PBS and BBC.

Bernice McFadden, Visiting Professor in the Department of English, is the recent recipient of the American Book Award for her novel THE BOOK OF HARLAN. Information about the award can be found at http://www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com/foundation-news/466/.

Anne-Marie Womack, Interim Director of Writing and Professor of Practice in the Department of English, won the Kairos 2017 Best Webtext Award for her website AccessibleSyllabus.com.

Teresa Villa-Ignacio, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English, is the recipient of a 6-month Fulbright award to complete archival research in Paris for her manuscript-in-progress, Poethical Import: Translationships in Contemporary French-American Poetic Exchange. During the Spring 2017 semester, she will be a Visiting Scholar at the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. More information about the project is available here. Professor Villa-Ignacio is also a co-editor of Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics (Stanford University Press, 2016), a scintillating volume of experimental leftist writing from post-Independence North Africa, now available for the first time in English translation. Last year, she participated in a series of roundtables, lectures, and readings from the anthology in Austin, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Paris, Rabat, New York, and Berkeley. More information about the anthology can be found here.