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In 2015, the English Department submitted its first nominations to the Associated Writing Program’s Intro Journals Project. A literary competition designed to discover and publish “the best new works by students enrolled in AWP member programs,” the Intro Journals Project often serves as a first stepping stone—an entry point—into young writers’ publishing careers. Competition for the prizes is stiff.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Nnedi Okorafor, whose novella Binti just won the Nebula Award for Best Novella. This is a great honor!
We are happy to announce the following winners of departmental prizes:
An anonymous donor has given $25,000 to the Department of English to create an endowment supporting the annual Robert Creeley Lecture and Celebration of Poetry. The lecture series honors legendary poet and UB professor Robert Creeley, to promote interest in the history and future of poetry and poetics, and to celebrate poetry as it is lived and studied in Buffalo and in the world. By establishing an endowment, this gift helps to ensure that the lecture series will continue into the future. The Creeley Lecture and Celebration series was established by the UB Department of English Poetics Program.
David Schmid was recently interviewed by Reuters, Time Magazine, and the PBS Newshour about the recent resurgence of interest in true crime exemplified by the Netflix show 'Making of a Murderer.'

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