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Chris Abani has won the 2023 UNT Rilke Prize for Smoking The Bible, his 2022 poetry collection. He is also a finalist for the 2024 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the winner of which will be announced in October.
Paulina Jones-Torregrosa, doctoral candidate in the English Department, has been selected as a 2023 Presidential Fellow and new member of the Northwestern University Society of Fellows. Jones-Torregrosa works at the intersections of literary, ethnic, and feminist studies, and her dissertation, “We’re All on the Line’: Women of Color Print Solidarities, 1970-1991,” analyzes U.S. women of color feminists’ rigorous critique of transnational inequalities.
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Sarah Schulman’s play, The Lady Hamlet, which premiered at the Provincetown Theater in Massachusetts, has received two 2022 BroadwayWorld Boston awards: one for “Best New Play or Musical (Professional)” and one for “Best Performer in a Play (Professional),” given to Jennifer Van Dyck for her turn as Miss Margo Stayden Burns.
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Kelly Wisecup’s book, Assembled for Use: Indigenous Compilation and the Archives of Early Native American Literatures, has been awarded the St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize from the Bibliographic Society of America.

The citation describes Assembled for Use as a “fine exampl[e] of critical bibliographical practice drawing heavily on traditional bibliographical sources, especially those (like subscription lists and scrapbooks) which have been commonly overlooked, until now.” The prize criteria include “rigorous bibliographical merit, future impact, and use in classroom or research settings.”

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New York University has awarded the 2022 Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama and Theatre to Common Understandings, Poetic Confusion: Playhouses and Playgoers in Elizabethan England by William N. West.  The Callaway Prize is given by NYU’s Department of English for the best book on drama or theatre published during the previous two years by an American author. The prize was established in 1990 by Joe A. Callaway—an actor, drama lecturer, and supporter of theatrical causes. 
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Indigenous Mississippi
Kelly Wisecup and English Department graduate student alumnae Sara Černe and Bonnie Etherington launched a website featuring their collaborations on a Humanities without Walls grant, “Indigenous Art and Activism in Changing Climates: The Mississippi River Valley, Colonialism, and Environmental Change.”  Indigenous Mississippi is a digital archive of the work created by an interdisciplinary, multi-university, multi-year research project on Indigenous art and activism about the Mississippi River. Over the course of several years, professors, grad students, artists, and activists collaborated to tell stories that follow the flow of the Mississippi River in order to study how Indigenous peoples confront life and make art in the midst of changing climates.

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