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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Shara McCallum, associate professor of English and director of the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, has been awarded a 2011 Poetry Fellowship of $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.
"This prestigious award was based on writing that Shara submitted," said John Rickard, professor of English and department chair at Bucknell. "Most recently, Shara was honored by being asked to write a celebratory poem for the inauguration of Bucknell's 17th president, John Bravman." || Inaugural poem
The NEA received 1,063 eligible applications from poets in 22 states this year, with 42 poets recommended to receive a fellowship.
McCallum, who joined the Bucknell faculty in 2003, teaches Creative Writing (Poetry and Creative Nonfiction), Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, and Caribbean and African American Literature.
She is the author of three books of poetry: This Strange Land (Alice James Books, forthcoming April 2011), Song of Thieves (University of Pittsburgh, 2003) and The Water Between Us (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999), winner of the 1998 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize.
Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, she has published poems in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Israel. Her poems have been reprinted in textbooks and anthologies of American, African American, Caribbean and World Literatures, and have been translated into Spanish and Romanian.
In addition to the NEA fellowship, she has received individual artist grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, as well as an Academy of American Poets Prize, among other awards and honors.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Maryland, and a doctorate in Poetry and African American and Caribbean Literature from Binghamton University in New York.
Last year, fellow Bucknell English faculty member Robert Rosenberg was honored with a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for his novel, This Is Not Civilization.
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