Elizabeth Bishop’s Prosaic, by Vidyan Ravinthiran, has been selected as the 2016 winner of the Robert Penn Warren–Cleanth Brooks Award for outstanding literary scholarship and criticism, by the Robert Penn Warren Center at WKU.
Through “careful attention to form and tone,” in Ravinthiran’s words, Elizabeth Bishop’s Prosaic offers a new perspective on the works of the 20th century American writer Elizabeth Bishop. The selection committee was particularly impressed by the originality, strong scholarship, readability and wide-ranging appeal of Ravinthiran’s work.
Vidyan Ravinthiran is Lecturer in the Department of English Studies at Durham University in the United Kingdom. His first collection of poetry, Grun-to-molani, was shortlisted for several poetry prizes, including the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. His extensive list of publications includes poems, reviews in The London Review of Books and elsewhere, and a novel. He also serves as co-editor of Prac Crit, an online magazine of poetry and poetics. Ravinthiran received his D. Phil. at Balliol College, Oxford, in 2010, and was the Keasbey Research Fellow in American Studies at Selwyn College, Cambridge before joining the faculty at Durham.
Ravinthiran will also be delivering the annual Brooks-Warren Lecture at 4 p.m. April 21 in Cherry Hall 125 via teleconferencing. The lecture and subsequent reception in the Robert Penn Warren Room are open to the campus community.
The Warren-Brooks Award 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.
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