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William Doreski Wins KSC Award for Faculty Distinction

KEENE, N.H. 2/29/02 William Doreski, professor of English at Keene State College, began writing and publishing poetry 38 years ago. I enjoy writing, he says. It takes up most of my life. Doreski is the second recipient of the KSC Award for Faculty Distinction in Research and Scholarship. The award, which was presented last year to Jerry Jasinski, professor of chemistry, recognizes Doreskis contributions to his field and to scholarship at Keene State.

A member of the English Department at KSC since 1982, Doreski says that scholarship is an essential part of being a faculty member at Keene State. Teaching should be informed by keeping up with ongoing thought and the best thought in the field, he explains. The best thing about teaching at KSC is that you have the opportunity to shape your teaching. Its not too difficult to come up with a course that is tied to current research interests.

Doreski has authored more than 400 published poems and 16 books. Among his books, Doreski has written seven collections of poetry, the study Robert Lowells Shifting Colors, and the text How to Read and Interpret Poetry. His essays and reviews have appeared in many highly regarded scholarly journals, including American Poetry, Modern Language Studies, and Harvard Review. Among his recent awards are the Frith Press Poetry Award and the Clay Potato Fiction Prize. A graduate of Goddard College, Doreski earned his doctorate from Boston University.

Bill has a well-earned reputation as an accomplished poet and literary scholar, said Robert Golden, vice president for academic affairs. He is highly respected by both students and colleagues. I know they will join with me in congratulating him on this recognition by Keene State of a remarkably productive career.

Doreski will speak about his scholarly and teaching career at Keene State during his opening address at this years Academic Excellence Conference, to be held April 6.

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