Ruth Ellen Kocher selected for prestigious PEN award

unblued225.jpgJuly 30, 2014: Ruth Ellen Kocher, professor and associate chair of the Creative Writing program, has won the 2014 PEN Open Book Award for her book of poetry, domina Un/blued (Topelo Press, 2013). The PEN Open Book Award with a prize of $5,000 is awarded to an exceptional book-length work of literature for an author of color. The PEN Award is given by the PEN American Center, a human rights organization founded in 1921. PEN advocates for literature and for free expression across the world, and through its awards program, honors the books and careers of some of the most outstanding voices in literature today.

Congratulations, Ruth Ellen, on your well deserved achievement.