Gannon University’s 41st Annual English Awards Night Honors Students and Distinguished Guest Poet

Posted: April 15, 2018

Gannon University will host its 41st annual English Awards Night on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St. and is free and open to the public.

Berwyn Moore will be the distinguished guest poet and will be reading featured selections of her award-winning poetry.

Students from all three of the University's colleges will be honored for their achievements in writing poetry, journalism, and research. In addition, winners of Gannon's annual nation-wide high school poetry contest will be recognized.

In addition to the Awards Program, Berwyn Moore and Carol Hayes will host an afternoon seminar, "Illness: Surviving, then Thriving with Words," Wednesday, April 18 at 3:00 p.m. in the Palumbo Academic Center, 824 Peach St., Room 3200.

Berwyn Moore has been recognized as the first Poet Laureate of Erie County, serving from 2009-10, and has also earned the honors of Gannon University Distinguished Faculty (2012), the 2017 John Ciardi Prize from BkMk Press, 2015 James Dickey Poetry Prize from Five Points Journal and the 2007 Magliocco Poetry Prize for Poetry from Bellevue Literary review, among others.

Moore has authored several revered books of poetry including "Sweet Herbaceous Miracle," "O Body Swayed" and "Dissolution of Ghosts," and has been featured in the publications of "Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry," "Southern Review," "Northwest Poetry Review" among others.

Describing her work, poet Alan Michael Parker said, "In sizzling couplets and delicious sonnets, Berwyn Moore is ever the melodist - and ever more the skeptical interrogator (of the body, of love, of angels not us."

Copies of the 2018 Totem, Gannon University's student-produced literary arts magazine, will be available free of charge. Last fall, Totem won first place in the American Scholastic Press Association's national competition for the 22nd consecutive year. Berwyn Moore has long served as the advisor to the publication.

For more information about English Awards Night or the high school poetry contest, contact Dr. Shreelina Ghosh at, or visit
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