Marianne Boruch, Professor of English, was selected as the winner of the $10,000 National Author prize given by the 2015 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award for a body of work. The prize honors a writer with Indiana ties who is known and read throughout the country. It also includes a $2,500 grant for a public library of the winner’s choice, and Boruch will split her grant between the Tippecanoe Count and West Lafayette Public Libraries.
Professor Boruch is the author of eight poetry collections, two essay collections on poetry, and a memoir. Her awards include Pushcart Prizes, Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, The American Academy in Rome, and The Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN.
Angelica Duran, a Professor of English was awarded a 2015-2016 Harry Ransom Center Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin. The Fellowship supports research projects in the humanities that require substantial on-site use of the Ransom Center’s collection of manuscripts, rare books, film, and photography, art, and performing arts materials. During her Fellowship, supported by the Carl H. Pforzheimer Endowment, Professor Duran’s research will support her upcoming book project, Milton in Translation (Oxford University Press, 2016), which she is editing with colleagues Jonathan R. Olson and Islam Issa.
Professor Duran is also an awardee of a 2015 PRF International Travel Grant for Round 3 to participate in the internationally recognized Milton Symposium XI International Conference in Exeter, England in July 2015.
Elaine Francis is an Associate Professor of English and Linguistics and a 2015-2016 Awardee of the PRF Research Grant for her project Structural Priming in Motion Event Descriptions: Evidence from Mandarin Chinese and English.
Bill Mullen, a Professor of English and American Studies and a 2015-2016 Awardee of the PRF Research Grant for his project Contested Chineseness in Transnational Narratives: Post-1979 Chinese/American Immigrant Literature.
Venetria Patton, Professor of English and former director of the African American Studies and Research Center since 2003, is joining the Provost’s Office as a Provost Fellow on Diversity. Professor Patton, a scholar of African American Literature and feminist discourse, is a former chair of the Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff and form chair of the CLA Diversity Action committee. She will work closely with Provost Debasish Dutta on all matters related to diversity, broadening participation, and inclusion.
Manushag Powell, an Associate Professor of English, and a 2015-2016 Awardee of the PRF Research Grant for her project Africa in the Enlightenment Imagination, 1660-1760.
Thomas Rickert a Professor of English and a 2015-2016 Awardee of the PRF Research Grant for his project Encounters beyond the Interface: Data Structures, material Feminisms, and Composition.