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Aug. 8: English professor's award-winning poetry published

Monday, August 8, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—A Hood College English professor's award-winning collection of poetry was recently published after she was named winner of a prestigious national poetry contest last fall.

Elizabeth Knapp, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, was chosen from among 30 semi-finalists as the 2010 winner of the highly acclaimed De Novo Award for her collection of poems, "The Spite House." The book was published by C&R Press, a nonprofit literary organization and sponsor of the annual contest.

The award is given each year to a previously unpublished American poet whose work exhibits striking language, memorable imagery, intellectual depth and a respect for diversity.

Knapp teaches American literature, poetry and creative writing courses at Hood. Her specialties include 19th century American literature and modern and contemporary American poetry. Knapp's poetry has appeared in Agni Online, Barrow Street, Best New Poets 2007, Crab Orchard Review, The Laurel Review, The Massachusetts Review and Mid-American Review. She received the Discovered Voices Award from Iron Horse Literary Review and her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prize.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College, a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars and a doctoral degree in English at Western Michigan University.