Poet Laureate

Michel Serres awarded prestigious Dan David Prize

by Shaun Manning March 8, 2013

Professor Michel Serres, author of The Natural Contract, The Troubadour of Knowledge, Genesis, and, with Bruno Latour, Conversations on Science, Culture, and Time, has been awarded a Dan David Prize for his “achievements that shape and enrich society today.” Administered by Tel Aviv University, the David Prize is awarded annually in each of three time divisions–Past, Present, and Future–with each category carrying a $1 million award. Additionally, each era recognizes a particular field that rotates each year; Professor Serres was one of two winners this year in the “Present: Ideas, Public Intellectuals and Contemporary Philosophers” cohort. “Michel Serres is a […]

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Saint Louis Beacon Spotlight on Howard Rambsy II

by Phillip Witteveen February 20, 2013

Howard Rambsy II, author of The Black Arts Enterprise and the Production of African American Poetry was featured recently in the Saint Louis Beacon in an interview about his work, teaching style, and influences. Rambsy’s career in black literature and history has taken him to Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, where Eugene Redmond, the Poet Laureate of East St. Louis who inspired him with his book Drumvoices, resides. As an assistant professor of English Language and Literature at SIUE, he works in studying black arts, visual literacy and how texts influence readers. Rambsy is also director of the university’s Black Studies […]

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Look for the Press at the State of the Book book fair October 6 (tomorrow)!

by Brianne Johnson October 5, 2012

This Saturday, the University of Michigan Press will be selling books at The State of the Book, a day-long literary symposium celebrating Michigan’s great writers and the state’s enduring literary traditions. The event will consist of performances, panels, and an on-stage keynote conversation with author Charles Baxter and former Poet Laureate of the United States Philip Levine. The book fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium, and the Press will be selling recent releases as well as favorite titles written and edited by State of the Book presenters Baxter, Levine, Jerry Dennis, and Keith Taylor, including: […]

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Duderstadt Weighs In as New York Times Debate Over College Sports Continues

by Shaun Manning January 23, 2012

Sunday’s New York Times featured an article titled “How Big-Time Sports Ate College Life,” which examines long-simmering issues of commercialization in college sports–a topic the paper recently reignited with two controversial opinion pieces by columnist Joe Nocera. This time, education writer Laura Pappano compared prestigious universities’ academic renown with those same universities’ famous football and basketball teams. “Ohio State boasts 17 members of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, three Nobel laureates, eight Pulitzer Prize winners, 35 Guggenheim Fellows and a MacArthur winner,” Pappano writes. “But sports rule.” She also discusses how the extraordinary popularity of sports leads to […]

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Sydney Lea selected to be Poet Laureate of Vermont

by Trade Marketing October 31, 2011

Sydney “Syd” Lea, author of a forthcoming book from University of Michigan Press titled A Hundred Himalayas, has been selected Poet Laureate of Vermont by Governer Peter Shumlin. A public ceremony honoring Lea will be held on November 4 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Montpelier. Long a professor on the graduate faculty at Dartmouth, Lea has published extensively, in multiple genres, in a wide variety of places, including the New Yorker, The New Republic, and the New York Times. Among very many distinctions, he is the founder of the New England Review; he was a panelist in 2008 for the […]

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