Elizabeth Knapp, Ph.D., associate professor of English, recently received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award of $1,000 for artist excellence in poetry. Awardees are chosen, based solely on artistic merit, by an out-of-state jury of discipline-specific experts.
“In the wake of President Trump’s announcement of his plan to cut the NEA and NEH from the federal budget, I am especially grateful to the Maryland State Arts Council for an Individual Artist Award in Poetry,” said Knapp. “Now more than ever, national and state arts and humanities organizations are vital to the moral, intellectual, and cultural fabric of our society. As the writer Jeanette Winterson said, ‘If art, all art, is concerned with truth, then a society in denial will not have much use for it.’ In the current moral and spiritual vacuum of American political life, we need art and literature to guide us back to a shared vision of humanity, one that embraces rather than excludes, one that builds bridges of understanding and acceptance rather than walls of fear and ignorance.”
Several of the poems from her work sample are online at the following sites:
Knapp previously won the 2010 De Novo Poetry Prize, the 2015 Literal Latté Poetry Award, and the 2007 Discovered Voices Award from Iron Horse Literary Review. She has published poems in “AGNI,” “Barrow Street,” “Best New Poets 2007,” “The Massachusetts Review,” “Mid-American Review,” “Spoon River Poetry Review,” and many other journals.