English Department Writing Awards

NEW YORK ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
WRITING AWARDS CEREMONY

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Welcome
Dr. Erica Johnson, English Department Chair

Willis, Owens, Gill, Cannon, and Rose Writing Awards,
and the Academy of American Poets Prize
The Sarah Willis, Billie and Curtis Owens, Richard Gill, Gerard Cannon, and James Rose memorial funds, named in honor of distinguished English Department faculty, and the David A. Bickimer-Promise of Learnings / Academy of American Poets Prize

Student Award Winners

LITERARY CRITICISM

  • Nicki Kern, Gerard Cannon Award, 1st Place: “American Captivity Outside the Captivity Narrative”
  • Ashley Yanda, Sarah Willis Award, 2nd Place: “The Lack of Consent in Carriage Rides: The Undertones of 18th Century Sexual Assault in Emma and Northanger Abbey”
  • Samantha Ericson, Richard Gill Award, 3rd Place: “The Second Elevation and Its Real Aurora”
  • Alexandra Feinman, Richard Gill Award, 3rd Place: “The Desire of Desire and Aporia in Her”
  • Melanie Rapoport, Billie and Curtis Owens Award, Honorable Mention: “Ain’t No Party Like a Virginia Woolf Party: An Examination of Consciousness and Narrative in Virginia Woolf’s Party Scenes”
  • Julia Zorluoglu, James Rose Award, Honorable Mention: “Abjection in the American Canon: Staging the Destruction of the Phallic and Symbolic Orders”

LINGUISTIC AND RHETORICAL ANALYSIS

  • Jessica O’Leary, Sarah Willis Award, 1st Place: “Exploring the Academic/Creative Writing Binary”
  • Ashley Yanda (with co-author Jessica O’Leary), Gerard Cannon Award, 2nd Place: “Playing with Plagiarism: It's Not a Game!”
  • Barbara Rucci & Brianna Tarzia, Billie and Curtis Owens Award, 3rd Place: “Genre Analysis for Airline Safety Videos”
  • Madison Finney, Richard Gill Award, Honorable Mention: “Musical Theater: Creating the Artful Academic”
  • Sydney Tisch, Richard Gill Award, Honorable Mention: “Peace and Justice Studies: A Discipline That Explodes Disciplines”

WRITING ON FILM

  • Autumn Sancho, Sarah Willis Award, 1st Place: “Making a Machine: Expressionism as a Gateway to the Future”
  • Leif Tystad, Gerard Cannon Award, 2nd Place: “Photography and Medial Hijacking in Blow-Up”
  • Laura Sicilia, Billie and Curtis Owens Award, 3rd Place: “I Guess We’ll Have to Agree to Disagree”
  • Sarah Baker, Richard Gill Award, Honorable Mention: “The Hollywood Star System and Victimization of Women”

JOURNALISM

  • Katrina Alonso, Sarah Willis Award, 1st Place: “University Initiates Sexual Assault and Security Policy Review Following Student Walkout”
  • Maddy Heller, Gerard Cannon Award, 2nd Place: “A Look Inside One of America's Dead Malls”
  • Brianna Adkins, Billie and Curtis Owens Award, 3rd Place: “Shammara Lawrence in Her Own Words: Teen Vogue, Freelance, and Body Positivity”
  • Kelsey Nicholson, Richard Gill Award, Honorable Mention: “The ‘T’ about Queer Communication”
  • Samantha Unger, Richard Gill Award, Honorable Mention: “"University Goes Red”

PLAYWRITING

  • Abigail Schories, Richard Gill Award, 1st Place: San Marcos
  • Maclaine Bolden, Gerard Cannon Award, 2nd Place: Fairy Soup for the Soul
  • Deshea Pendergast, Gerard Cannon Award, 2nd Place: On Loneliness & Self-Exploitation
  • Jessie Rosenberg, Sarah Willis Award, 3rd Place: Two Sides
  • Ryan Sansiviero, Sarah Willis Award, 3rd Place:  The Library Play
  • Willow Patel, Billie and Curtis Owens Award, Honorable Mention: Anamnesis
  • Shelby Pickelny, Billie and Curtis Owens Award, Honorable Mention: This Is Heaven

WRITING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION

FEATURES

  • Carlos Camacho, Gerard Cannon Award, 1st Place:  Masa
  • Rory Spillane, Sarah Willis Award, 2nd Place: Paper People
  • Anthony Camaj, Richard Gill Award, 3rd Place: Bread and Cheese

TELEVISION

  • Emily Berberich, Gerard Cannon Award, 1st Place: Big Mouth spec (“Only Way, but One Way”)
  • Carly Bivona, Sarah Willis Award, 2nd Place: Schitt’s Creek spec (“Less Is Moira”)
  • Ryan Blomquist, Richard Gill Award, 3rd Place: Mindhunter spec

NONFICTION

  • Bria Diemer, Sarah Willis Award, 1st Place: “If You’re Reading This,” “To All the Hair Brushes I’ve Loved Before,” and “Whatever Souls Are Made Of”
  • Kaitlin Owens, Billie and Curtis Owens Award , 2nd Place: “Fan,” “My Hair Is the Same As It’s Always Been,” and “We Do This Every Time, but This Time It’s Different”
  • Alma Hansson Nilson, Gerard Cannon Award, 3rd Place: “Montseny Massif,” “Anna,” and “‘The Cool Girl’ Trap”
  • Andrew Sciallo, Gerard Cannon Award , 3rd Place: “Karma’s Not a Bitch, I Met Her” and “Something’s Burning in Brooklyn”
  • Emilia Cadden, Richard Gill Award, Honorable Mention: “Down the Rabbit Hole”
  • Alexandra Feinman, James Rose Award, Honorable Mention: “Would You Look at This?,” “How To Be Both,” and “Biological Underachiever”
  • Jeanette González, Richard Gill Award , Honorable Mention: “This Body of Water” and “Al Ritmo de la Lluvia”
  • Hillary Litberg, James Rose Award, Honorable Mention: “Discontent of Motor Vehicles,” “Half-Pipe Dreams,” and “There’s No Place like Here”

POETRY

  • Ingrid Lorenzi, David A. Bickimer—Promise of Learnings /Academy of American Poets Prize: “Things to Do When Visiting Grandma,” “West 4 Station,” and “Bayside at 3 A.M.”
  • Elisabeth Heleba, Richard Gill Award, 1st Place: “My Russian Dance,” “Ode to My Big Toe,” “Definitions of ‘Clergy,’” “Something like Lemons,” and “My Great-Grandmother’s Funeral”
  • Mollie Murtagh, Richard Gill Award, 1st Place: “Oof!,” “Home,” “Portrait of a First-Floor Apartment in Milwaukee,” and “Morning Commute”
  • Bria Diemer, Gerard Cannon Award, 2nd Place: “Ghazal Gone Wrong,” “Agnes,” “Night Flowers,” and “Out with Lanterns”
  • Adam Phillips, Gerard Cannon Award, 2nd Place: “An Ode,” “On Madison,” “Thicket,” “Parking-Lot Discussions,” and “Moments Alone”
  • Kelsey Nicholson, Billie and Curtis Owens Award, 3rd Place: “Fumbling,” “Shower,” “Touch,” and “A Questionnaire for the Guilty”
  • Sarah Perniciaro, Billie and Curtis Owens Award, 3rd Place: “Salve Regina,” “Babylon Line,” “Cento from W.C. Williams,” “He’s Dying Up There,” and “Honey”
  • Caroline Foulke, Sarah Willis Award, Honorable Mention: “A Hummingbird’s Cage”
  • Willow Patel, Sarah Willis Award, Honorable Mention: “the battery,” “anonymous,” “downtown,” “chimera,” and “coming up roses”

FICTION

  • Natalie Bevilacqua, Gerard Cannon Award, 1st Place: “An End on the Water”
  • Ingrid Lorenzi, Gerard Cannon Award, 1st Place: “Narcissus”
  • Miranda Valleau, Sarah Willis Award, 2nd Place: “Reflections”
  • Tyler Zeoli, Sarah Willis Award, 2nd Place: “This Too Shall Pass”
  • Philip Fera, Billie and Curtis Owens Award, 3rd Place: “Desert House”
  • Sarah Murray, Billie and Curtis Owens Award, 3rd Place: “One Hit Wonder”
  • Courtney Hurley, Richard Gill Award, Honorable Mention: “Suburbia”
  • Savana Rivera, Richard Gill Award, Honorable Mention: “Bad Luck in ‘Hillbilly,’ Mississippi”

KELLY HERBERT WRITING AWARD
Originally endowed by Ms. Julie Hanus. Administered by Pace University’s LGBTQA & Social Justice Center, the award recognizes outstanding writing about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Asexual or Ally lives and issues.
Presented by Kelly Herbert

English Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards

Presented by Dr. Erica Johnson, English Department Chair

Excellence in Teaching Awards
Johnny Drago
Amber Elie-Pierre
Catalina Florescu
Elliot Hearst
Jessica Marshall
Kristen Michelson
Bureen Ruffin
Justin Porter Stephens

The Gilbert M. Rubenstein Excellence in Teaching Award
Judd Silverman

The Tom Henthorne Excellence in Teaching Award
Kelley Kreitz