With all of our focus lately on things like the pandemic, vaccinations, and severe weather events, it is a pleasure to share some remarkable accomplishments of CSI Faculty this week.

Distinguished Professor of English Patricia Smith was honored with the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Award. Here is how the foundation describes this award on their web site:  “The Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize annually honors a living U.S. poet with an award of $100,000 in recognition of their outstanding lifetime achievement. It is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets and one of the nation’s largest literary prizes.”​ Congratulations to Professor Smith on this recognition of her exceptional talents and body of work as one of this country’s most distinguished poets.

This morning, Dr. Grace Cho of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology was named as a Longlist recipient of the National Book Award for her 2021 publication Tastes Like War: A Feminist Memoir. Congratulations to Professor Cho for this national recognition of her most recent publication. 

I wish you all a safe and enjoyable weekend.

By Michael Parrish