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Cameron Awkward-Rich Receives Lannan Literary Fellowship

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Cameron Awkward-Rich, poet and assistant professor in the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst, has been awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship in poetry from the Lannan...
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Martín Espada Receives Inaugural Letras Boricuas Fellowship

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Martín Espada, professor of English, is one of 20 Puerto Rican writers to receive an inaugural Letras Boricuas Fellowship. The award, announced earlier this week, was created by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Flamboyan Foundation’s Arts Fund. It aims to enrich and sustain literary tradition in Puerto Rico and across the U.S. diaspora.

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Martín Espada Garners National Book Award for Poetry for “Floaters”

Thursday, November 18, 2021

English Professor and poet Martín Espada has won the National Book Award for his book Floaters, a collection of poetry that runs from scathing socio-political commentary to homages of family and love.

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Detail from "We Remember," 2021 by Javiera Benavente

Translation for Freedom

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Maria Camilla Vera Arias (left) and Aviva Palencia (right)...
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Piano Student Jess Larsen Releases Bach CD

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Jess Larsen, a junior Piano Performance major in the Department of Music and Dance, has recorded a new CD comprised of the complete first book of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Larsen released the CD to mark the ten-year anniversary of the first recording she made of Book One when she was only ten years old. She chose Transformations as the title of her new CD to reflect not only the evolution of her approach to Bach’s music over the past 10 years, but also the revolutionary nature of Bach’s “well-tempered” tuning system, which made it possible for these pieces to be played in any of the 24 keys.

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Mazen Naous Discusses "1,001 Nights" on Lit Hub Podcast

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Mazen Naous, associate professor of English, discussed the tale “1,001 Nights,” a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales, in the fist episode of Lit Hub's most recent season of The Cosmic Library podcast.

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