NEW YORK, NY – February 23, 2016 – Baruch College Distinguished Professor of English Grace Schulman has been chosen to receive the 2016 Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal for Distinguished Achievement in American Poetry. An awards ceremony is to be held in April at the National Arts Club in Manhattan.
Professor Schulman is the author of seven collections of poems including, most recently, Without a Claim. She is also the author of Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems, which was selected by Library Journal as one of the best poetry books of 2002 and was a finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Award that year, and The Paintings of Our Lives, a selection of the Academy of American Poets book club.
“I’m thrilled to be honored by the Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in American Poetry.” Said professor Schulman. “I know that it will encourage me to go on writing poetry and serving other poets for the rest of my life. Among many influences, I’m especially grateful for my career at Baruch College, where students from an astonishing number of nations, races, languages, and beliefs have stimulated many of my own poems.”
“This award is an extraordinary recognition of an extraordinary Baruch faculty member,” said Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein, President of Baruch College. “I am delighted for Grace, for the many students that she has taught over the years, and, indeed, for the entire Baruch College community, that we can all celebrate her enduring achievement in American poetry with the conferral of the 2016 Frost Medal.”
Dr. Alison Griffiths, Interim Dean of the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, Baruch College, observed that the School was “immensely proud to have Distinguished Professor Grace Schulman on its English Department faculty. The Frost Medal for Distinguished Achievement in American Poetry is a significant honor for Professor Schulman, an achievement and recognition that her students and colleagues are very pleased to celebrate.”
Professor Schulman is the former poetry editor of The Nation and former director of the Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, where she still conducts a poets’ tutorial.
Among her honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Italy. Her poems have received four Pushcart Prizes.
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY)) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.
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