Since returning to the university, I have come in contact with a lot of amazing people: professors, fellow students, and other workers (mainly the ones at "Edgar Allan Joe's" who keep me caffeinated)...
Without a doubt, most of these souls are mini-heroes to me! I get to encompass a world filled with inspiration, learning, and magic.
One of my professors this Spring semester recently won a big award--she is also one of the ones kind enough to support my graduate-level ambitions and has signed on to be one of my "recommenders" during the graduate school application process.
She is kind, quirky, and fun! She is well-read and always had a story to tell. I throughly enjoyed our Fiction Workshop class, obviously she was a big part of that.
I had to blog about her, because even though I had nothing to do with her success--hopefully she will have something to do with mine!
From the Press Release:
Two University of Memphis professors have received First Tennessee Professorships. Cary Holladay, associate professor of English, and Dr. Deborah Lowther, professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, accepted the awards during the recent Faculty Convocation on campus.
The three-year appointment recognizes outstanding contributions to the University’s educational, research, outreach and service missions. Holladay teaches fiction writing.
Her publications include five books, the novels A Fight in the Doctor’s Office and Mercury, and the short story collections The Quick-Change Artist, The Palace of Wasted Footsteps, and The People Down South.
Holladay’s stories have appeared in such publications as New Stories from the South, Epoch and The Georgia Review. She has received numerous honors, including the Goodheart Prize, the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction, a Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship, and an O. Henry Prize.
In addition, Holladay has won the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and the Miami University Press Novella Competition. In 2006 she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.