Monday, September 27, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

MU assistant professor receives poetry award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dr. Rachael Peckham, an assistant professor of English at Marshall University, has won the 2010 Robert Watson Poetry Award sponsored by Spring Garden Press, located in Greensboro, N.C., and storySouth.

Her winning manuscript – Muck Fire – will be published as limited-edition, letter-pressed chapbook in fall 2011. In addition, Peckham will receive a cash award of $500.

A recipient of the M.F.A. in creative writing from Georgia College and State University and the Ph.D. in creative nonfiction from Ohio University, Peckham joined Marshall’s faculty in 2009. She currently serves as advisor to Et Cetera, the university’s literary and arts journal for students, and as a writing mentor for Yeager Scholars.

In addition to creative writing classes, including a creative nonfiction workshop, Peckham teaches courses in memoir and autobiography and contemporary literature. She lives in Huntington with her husband, Joel, also a poet and creative writing teacher at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College, and their son, Darius.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
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