Prizewinners, May 2010

From left: Sara Tobin, Daniel Grossberg, Emily Couvillon, Joanna Kauffmann, Chanel Clarke. Photo: Guillermo Cabrera-Rojo.

Paula Morris here, posting from New Zealand.

This picture was taken on the stage of McAlister Auditorium during the Newcomb-Tulane College Prizegiving ceremony last Friday, May 13. I was very sorry to miss this.

Four of the above won creative writing prizes. Sara Tobin: the Academy of American Poets Prize. Daniel Grossberg: the Writer’s Residency Award for an Outstanding Senior in Creative Writing. Joanna Kauffmann: the Quarante Club Prize for the Best Short Story by a Woman. Chanel Clarke: the Senior Achievement Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. Chanel will be moving to Austin, TX soon, to take up her three-year MFA fellowship at the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin.

Also pictured is Emily Couvillon, who won the Henry Clay Stier Award in English, for the highest GPA in the major. Coincidentally, Emily is a native of Marksville, Louisiana, where Daniel Grossberg will be spending his week-long residency in June. Daniel won a second prize this year – the Donald Pizer Award in American Literature, I think.

Not pictured here is another prizewinner, Kenneth Lota, who was the department’s Senior Scholar. Kenneth is taking up a place this fall in the MA program at the University of Virginia.

Another coincidence: Sara Tobin, Joanna Kauffmann and Kenneth Lota were all students (as freshmen) in my first-ever TIDES class at Tulane, on ‘Literary New Orleans’. That was a lovely class, and I’m delighted to have seen them develop into such smart, articulate, accomplished individuals.

Congratulations to all our brilliant seniors.

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