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‘Ghostly Figures’ by Ann Keniston selected as winner of Warren-Brooks Award

Ghostly Figures: Memory and Belatedness in Postwar American Poetry, by Ann Keniston, has been selected as the 2015 winner of the Robert Penn Warren–Cleanth Brooks Award for outstanding literary scholarship and criticism.

ghostlyfiguresThe committee chose Keniston’s study for its insightful close readings of the works of Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Jorie Graham, Susan Howe and other American poets.  The committee was particularly impressed with Keniston’s insights on the poetry of the American AIDS crisis, which deftly enriched Keniston’s argument about lateness, delay and the complex legacies of the past.

Keniston is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno.  She is the author of Overheard Voices: Address and Subjectivity in Postmodern American Poetry (Routledge, 2006) as well as a collection of her own poetry titled The Caution of Human Gestures (David Robert, 2005).  In addition, she has co-edited two volumes: Literature after 9/11 (Routledge, 2008) and The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st-Century Anthology (McFarland, 2012).  She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Boston University in 2006 and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University in 1991.

The Warren-Brooks Award, presented each year by the Robert Penn Warren Center at WKU, was established by the Warren family to honor an outstanding work of literary scholarship that embodies the spirit, scope and integrity of the work produced by Warren and his frequent collaborator, Brooks.

Contact: Nicolette Bruner, (270) 745-2816

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