Steven Cramer directs the MFA in Creative Writing Program, and Danielle Legros Georges teaches in Creative Arts in Learning
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Cramer is the director of Lesley’s nationally acclaimed low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. Georges teaches in Lesley’s Creative Arts in Learning Division in the Graduate School of Education.
The impact of politics and history on Legros Georges’s life is reflected in her poetry, which explores topics including Haitian identity and weaves beautiful language with social justice concerns. In Cramer’s recent book of poems, “Clangings,” he transforms the speech patterns that plague some schizophrenic patients into lyrical poems that seek to unlock the meaning behind these ostensibly incomprehensible communications.
“To have two Lesley faculty members who teach in distinct fields earn this prestigious honor is gratifying for the university and a testament to the relevance and influence of poetic expression,” said Lesley President Joseph Moore.
The highly competitive poetry fellowships recognize exceptional work by Massachusetts artists, and Legros Georges and Cramer are among six fellows selected from a field of nearly 300 poets.
“I’ve been a poet most of my life, so this award is incredibly encouraging, especially here in Massachusetts, a state with lively literary and academic communities, and fine poets,” Georges reflected.
"It's especially gratifying to be recognized along with my Lesley colleague, Danielle Legros Georges, whose work I so greatly admire," Cramer added.
Past Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellows include authors Jonathan Franzen, Gish Jen, and Tim O'Brien, as well as former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
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