The Department of Literatures in English is host to many gifted student writers and teachers. Thanks to the generosity of various donors, annual prizes are awarded for outstanding work in poetry, fiction, research, critical writing, and instruction. We are pleased to announce our 2022 - 2023 student award winners.
The Shin Yong-Jin/Harry Falkenau Graduate Teaching Fellowship, for demonstrated excellence in scholarship and teaching, is awarded to Charline Jao for the 2023-2024 academic year.
The David L. Picket '84 Summer Fellowship in Creative Writing was awarded to graduate students Arpita Chakrabarty, Maz Do, Juan Harmon, Esther Kondo Heller, Sarah Iqbal, Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam, Sol X. Wooten, and Winniebell Xinyu Zong.
The James McConkey Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Award for Summer Support, established by his enduringly grateful student Len Edelstein '59, was awarded to graduate student Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam.
Undergraduate Thesis Awards
The M.H. Abrams Undergraduate Thesis Prize winners were Ash Haq for “A Literature That Is Not Against Us: Rekindling Political Possibility in Anne Boyer’s Garments Against Women and Fred Moten’s ‘All That Beauty” and Viola Yang for “‘Her Language Shall Be Holy As You Hear My Spell Is Lawful’: Act, Language, and Forgiveness in Shakespeare’s ‘Winter’s Tale.’”
Creative Writing Awards
The Arthur Lynn Andrews Prize graduate student winners were: 1st place, Jiachen Wang for “Out Eating Japanese Food On Chunhui Road”; 2nd place, Samantha O’Brien for “Juvenile Delinquent”; and an honorable mention was awarded to Sol Wooten for “Pool Party” & “Shadow Objects.”
The Arthur Lynn Andrews Prize undergraduate student winners were: 1st place, Laur Kim for “Animal”; 2nd place, Rudy Beer for “Counterpoint”; and an honorable mention was awarded to Sophia Gottfried for “Leave.”
The Corson-Browning Poetry Prize was awarded to graduate student Derek Chan for “After August” and undergraduate student Isaac Salazar for “How to Coroner.”
The Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Prize was awarded to: 1st place, graduate student Aishvarya Arora for “I am not trying to be a man how”; 2nd place, graduate student Meredith Cottle for “More Relentless Than the Sun.”
The Dorothy Sugarman Poetry Prize was awarded to undergraduate student Allyson Katz for her poems entitled "stains of dirt and blood."
The George Harmon Coxe Award in Poetry was awarded to undergraduate students: 1st place, Miriam Tresa Alex for “Poetry Packet”; 2nd place, Lily Wass for “There are No Heirlooms”; and 3rd place, Jack Pickert for “Five Poems.”
The George Harmon Coxe Award in Fiction was awarded to undergraduate students: 1st place, Sam Weiler for “Daddy’s Boy”; 2nd place, Emily Park for “Notes From Paper & Ink”; and 3rd place, Brian Lu for “Moments of a Mother.” Honorable mention was awarded to Peyton Carpen for “Ferals.”
The Barnes Shakespeare Prize was awarded to undergraduate students: 1st place, Samantha Surdek for “Corporeality & Colonization: Analyzing Representations of the Female Body in Exploring Political Conquest in Shakespeare’s Henry V” and 2nd Place, Paley Arnone for “Prospero’s Mommy Issues: Analyzing the Gender and Sexual Politics in The Tempest.”
The George Harmon Coxe Award in American Literature was awarded to undergraduate students: 1st place, Emma Leynse for “‘We Were Infinite’: Trauma and The Perks of Being a Wallflower”; 2nd place, Hannah Drexler for “‘Which is the True Reading?’: A Study of the Morrisonian Historical Novel”; and 3rd place, Isaac Salazar for “‘[L]oneliness without despair’: (Re)reading a New (Mexican) Pastoral in Fabiola Cabeza de Baca’s We Fed Them Cactus.”
The Moses Coit Tyler Award, for the best essay by a graduate or undergraduate student in the fields of American history, literature, or folklore, was awarded to graduate student Kelly Hoffer for “The Collage Poems of Susan Howe: 'Grid Logic' and the Rabbit Reader” and undergraduate student Ann Nie for “Reexamining the Issue of Inconsistency in Gender-Based Asylum Adjudications 1995-2021.” Honorable mention was awarded to Hannah Drexler for “‘Which is the True Reading?’: A Study of the Morrisonian Historical Novel” and Madilyn Fulchiero for “The View Is Beautiful, but Where Are We? A Critical Analysis of Place, Space, and Movement in Disney's Encanto.”
The Guilford Essay Prize was awarded to Ben Fried (Literatures in English Ph.D. 2022) for “The Empire of English Literature: Editing the Global Anglophone, 1947-1993.”