David L. Ulin a PEN Award Finalist

David L. Ulin

David L. Ulin

Book critic David L. Ulin, who teaches in UCR’s Low Residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts in Palm Desert, has been named a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for his book “Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles” (University of California Press, 2015).

The award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, is presented for a book of essays “that exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature.” The winner will be named live at the 2016 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on April 11 at The New School in New York City.

Read more about Ulin and the PEN Literary Awards here.

Scholar a Finalist for Prestigious Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Fred Moten

Fred Moten

Fred Moten, professor of English, is one of five finalists for the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, which is presented by Claremont Graduate University.

The $100,000 award honors a poet at mid-career and provides resources “that allow the artist to continue working toward the pinnacle of their craft,” the university said in announcing the finalists on Jan. 26.

Moten was nominated for the award, which is in its 24th year, for “The Little Edges” (Wesleyan University Press, 2014). “The Little Edges” is a collection of poems written in what the poet calls “shaped prose” – “a way of arranging prose in rhythmic blocks, or sometimes shards, in the interest of audio-visual patterning,” according to the publisher of the collection.

Read more about Moten and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award here.

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