SUNY Chancellor’s Award

I hate to be in the limelight, and I hate to promote my own work.  Yes, I do know that I post links to my poems, but it still feels awkward to me.  So, I almost didn’t post this recognition, mostly because, well, it sounds a bit self-serving.  Yet, I wanted to thank those who support my work.  So, here it goes.
In May, at a special faculty recognition meeting, I received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.  I’m only now posting this bit of great news because JCC just published the official news release.  I found out about the nomination back in December and I was stunned.  While my creative work is valued at JCC, I’m not in a publish or perish college, and indeed, teaching creative writing is only a very small part of my courseload.   I can’t say that I didn’t think my colleagues paid attention to my work — many of them purchased Stealing Dust and were always eager to hear my stories of readings — but I didn’t think they would take the time (it is a long process) to nominate me.
In a world where many writers (especially poets) feel undervalued, I feel very lucky to have a job where my colleagues and students appreciate my work.  I also feel very lucky for the support I have outside my little college community.  When I was nominated for the award, I was asked to find poets and scholars outside JCC to speak and write brief letters on my behalf.  So at this time, I would to thank poets Todd Davis, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Sandy Longhorn, Jerry Wemple, and Gabriel Welsch for taking time out of their busy schedules to write a few kind words about my work.
I feel lucky and grateful to be part of such a supporting network of writers — both at JCC and in the poetry world at large.  Although I am uncertain about what my future will be in the writing community, I know that I have found a readership that is important to me.


  1. Gabe Said:

    Congrats! Wonderful news! Gabe

  2. Congrats! Well-deserved!

  3. Wow! Congratulations!!! Super great news.

  4. Sandy Longhorn Said:

    Huge, official, congratulations. Well done!

  5. Always post such terrific news — it gives us a chance to celebrate you, too! Many congratulations, Karen, brava!

  6. Todd Davis Said:

    Bravo!!! So good to see you and your work rewarded!

  7. Christine Said:

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful!

  8. Congratulations! I do love it when you post good news!

  9. Woohoo!!!!

  10. M.J.Iuppa Said:

    Karen, that’s terrific news! What a fabulous award! Well-deserved too.

    Here’s to you !


  11. Karen Said:

    Thanks everyone! Your support for my work has been wonderful!

  12. sonofwalt Said:

    You need to make no apologies. Those of us who come here do so because we already recognize you, and we are quite happy and pleased when you share your accomplishments. Doing so even adds a bit of a pat on the back to our own egos, reminding us that, yes, we do have good taste in bloggers and poets. 🙂

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