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Pulter Project receives MLA Award

The Modern Language Association of America has announced the winner of the twelfth Modern Language Association Prize for Collaborative, Bibliographical, or Archival Scholarship. The prize will be presented to Professors Leah Knight, of Brock University, and Wendy Wall from our own department here at Northwestern, for The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making, a project created in tandem with Northwestern’s Media and Design Studio.

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At the January, 2020 MLA convention in Seattle, Harris Feinsod responded to a roundtable discussion of his book The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors to Countercultures (2017/2019). The session, entitled “The Poetry of the Americas: Responses, Extensions, Critiques,” was organized by PhD candidates Zane Koss, Whitney DeVos, and Geronimo Sarmiento, and included remarks by Professors Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Virginia Jackson, Chadwick Allen, and Edgar Garcia.
Lauren Jackson recently appeared on WTTW's The Interview Show, where she talked about her new book, White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue… and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation.
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Juan Martinez was quoted in a January article about a new exhibit at the American Writers Museum, “My America: Immigrant & Refugee Writers Today,” an exhibit in which his work is featured.
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American Cultures Colloquium: Rachel Galvin

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM, Online

Join the American Cultures Colloquium (ACC) for an online event with Rachel Galvin (University of Chicago), where she will discuss her ...

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Biss and Trethewey both represented in Time Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020
Trethewey, Biss, Webster, and Dybek named to NewCity's 2020 Lit 50
Two essays by Lauren Jackson published in The New Yorker

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