English Awards and Honors

In a demonstration of the creative confluence of art and science, a microbiology major has won the 2017 Steger Poetry Prize. Leilani Kassandra Padilla, of Los Angeles, a sophomore in the College of Science, was honored for her poem, “To My City of Lost Angels.” Now in its 12th year, the annual...
Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English in Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, will receive the 2016 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia. The award recognizes outstanding and long-lasting contributions to literature ...
Nora Salem of Redlands, California, a master of fine arts student in creative writing, has won a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to study Islamic feminism in Malaysia. “I think it’s important to redefine what it means to be both a feminist and a practicing Muslim,” Salem said. “This project ...
“When we think of poetry, we think of the soul of humankind,” said world-renowned poet Nikki Giovanni. “Today, we have lifted that to the heavens.” Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech, uttered those words at a celebration of the winners of the 2016 Stege...
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