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English professor, graduate student earn accolades

Salena ParkerJerry Bradley, professor of English at Lamar University, and English graduate student Salena Parker took home awards at the 84th Conference of College Teachers of English and the Texas College English Association recently at Tarrant County Community College Northeast.

The TCEA, an affiliate of the College English Association, awarded Bradley best presentation based on the conference theme of Texas Heritage for his poetry reading, "Approaching the Coast of Arizona."

Bradley also received an award for best creative writing from the CCTE for his poetry reading, "Alive in Captivity after the Flood."

“A number of the poems I read at the CCTE conference will be printed in CCTE Studies by virtue of my winning the creative writing award,” Bradley said. “I also learned recently that ‘Alive in Captivity after the Flood,’ has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming anthology of the Austin Poetry Festival.”

Parker won the L.D. Hendricks Award, the top graduate student prize, from CCTE for her paper "'A Fine Tang of Faintly Scented Urine': An Analysis of Scorned Acts in Joyce's Ulysses" which she produced in a graduate class taught by associate professor Amy Smith in 2015.

“My reasons for attending the CCTE conference were to try and improve my networking skills and present my Joyce paper to a large audience,” Parker said. “Winning the award made all of my research worthwhile. The literature panels I attended had some amazing presentations and research, so I was pleasantly surprised when my name was called.”

Included as part of the award were $100 and a certificate. Parker’s research will be published in the CCTE Studies journal this fall, and has previously been accepted for publication by the International James Joyce Society.

English major Savannah Foreman also presented an essay, “Edgar Allan Poe and the Detective Character” at the conference.

Associate professor of English, Sara Hillin, and professor emerita Pamela Saur are on the Executive Council of the CCTE, which is the oldest and largest organization of college English teachers in the state of Texas.