Lia Baldori, Underclassman Nonfiction
Nadia Mota, Cowden Memorial Fellowship, Academy of American Poetry Award – Undergraduate
Elena Ramirez-Gorski, Cowden Memorial Fellowship, Rapaport Award in Poetry
Sofia Spencer, Underclassman Fiction
These honors will be conferred on January 30, at 6 p.m. in the Rackham Amphitheatre. Following the announcement of the awards, there will be a reading from former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and a light reception. Free to attend and open to all! Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of five collections of poetry and a book of nonfiction. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Northwestern University she is a Board of Trustees Professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012 she was named Poet Laureate of the State of Mississippi and and in 2013 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.