Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Gregory Pardlo is Featured Speaker at 2017 McKinney Awards

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Gregory Pardlo is Featured Speaker at 2017 McKinney Awards

Date posted: 2017-03-29 12:29:08

The winners of the 2017 McKinney Writing Contest for best entries in Fiction/Drama, Poetry, Essay, and Electronic Media will be honored at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 12 at 8:00 pm in CBIS Auditorium (Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building).  The evening will also feature a reading and Q&A by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo, as part of the Vollmer Fries Lecture Series.  The reading is free and open to the public.  

Gregory Pardlo's ​collection​ Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors​ include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. A natrive of Philadelphia, Pardlo is a tenured facluty member in the English department of his alma mater, Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. He has also taught at Columbia University, NYU, and John Jay College, among others.

For 76 years, the McKinney Competition has recognized writing talent in various genres among undergraduate and graduate students.  The Mary A. Earl McKinney endowment was established  in 1941 by Dr. Samuel P. McKinney, a Rensselaer graduate (1884), in memory of his late wife.  The McKinney Competition is open to all Rensselaer studebtsm and is administered and judged by the faculty of the Department of Communication and Media. 

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