BEI congratulates its very own fellow, Lauren Camp on winning the 2016 Dorset Prize and being awarded Honorable Mention for the 2017 Arab American Book Award for One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press) about the migration of her father – an Iraqi Jew – to America.



It is our pleasure to announce that senior fellow Patricia Spears Jones is the winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets and Writers. She is author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015) which was a finalist for the PSA’s William Carlos Williams Prize and the Patterson Poetry Prize and featured a Pushcart Prize winning poem.  Patricia is celebrating her 10th year as a BEI Fellow.




Emeritus fellow Regie Gibson was selected as a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellow for his outstanding contributions to the artistic fabric of Boston. Well done! Watch him on Def Jam Poetry:  For James Marshall Hendrix.




We are excited to announce that current fellow Taylor Brorby was selected as the 2017-2018 Emerging Writing Fellow at Gettysburg College and also received fellowships from the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture as well as the National Book Critics Circle.




Emeritus Fellow Linda Hogan, Chickasaw Nation’s Writer in Residence, was awarded the 2016 Henry David Thoreau Prize for Nature Writing and gave the December 2017 commencement address at UCCS in Colorado Springs. We are proud to call her one of our own.




Great news! Emeritus Fellow La Tasha Nevada Diggs was awarded the 2016 Creative Capital Award.




Congratulations to scholar-advisor Cristina Eisenberg! As the principal investigator, she secured funding for and initiated a new rewilding research project in the Scottish Highlands that involves reintroduction of wolves and brown bears.




Emeritus Fellow Allison Hedge Cook was recently appointed Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at University of California Riverside and honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at Returning the Gift Festival.




Fellow Ann-Fisher Wirth is the proud recipient of a Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, the Rita Dove Poetry Award, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Award, two Mississippi Arts Commission Poetry Fellowships, and fourteen Pushcart nominations. 



Emeritus Fellow Mary Swander is the Poet Laureate of Iowa.  Listen to her on NPR here.




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