Professor, Alumna Awarded NEA Fellowships in Poetry

Posted: December 14, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Stephanie Hay and Colleen Kearney Rich

Eric Pankey, professor of English, and Ramola Dharmaraj, MFA Poetry ’91, have received 2005 Literature Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This is the second time Pankey has received a fellowship, which is a $20,000 award supporting the creation of new work.

Winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, Pankey has written five collections of poetry, most recently Oracle Figures (Ausable 2003). His newest collection, Reliquaries, is forthcoming from Ausable in March 2005. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Antaeus, The Antioch Review, The Gettysburg Review, Grand Street, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Quarterly, Shenandoah, and many other publications.

Dharmaraj, who also writes under the name Ramola D, studied physics and business administration in Madras, India. Her first book of poetry, Invisible Season, was published by Washington Writers Publishing House in 1998. Her poetry has appeared in Agni, Prairie Schooner, Green Mountains Review, Phoebe, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Indiana Review, and Best American Poetry 1994. Her short fiction has appeared in Small Spiral Notebook, Hyper Age, Literal Latte, and So To Speak.

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