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Marlboro College Literature Professor Awarded $40,000 NEH Fellowship

Heather Clark's profile in the Brattleboro Reformer

Heather Clark, professor of literature at Marlboro College, was recently awarded a 2006-2007 National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. She will use the $40,000 fellowship to work on a book about the poetic dialogue between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, exploring how the two poets collaborated with and influenced one another.

Clark, who teaches classes on 20th-century British, Irish and Anglophone literature, will publish her first book, The Ulster Renaissance: Poetry in Belfast 1962-1972, in April from Oxford University Press. The book is the only full-length study of the extraordinary period of intense poetic activity in Belfast known as the Ulster Renaissance--a time when young Northern Irish poets such as Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, James Simmons, and Paul Muldoon began crafting their art, and tuning their voices through each other.

Clark earned a D.Phil (Ph.D.) in English from Oxford University, an M.Phil (MA) in Anglo-Irish Literature, Trinity College Dublin, and a B.A. from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Her articles on Irish poetry and Plath and Hughes have appeared in the Cambridge Quarterly, Eire-Ireland, and the Journal of Modern Literature, and her book reviews have been published in the Times Literary Supplement, Thumbscrew, and PN Review. Clark has also written for Let's Go Travel Guides in Ireland, and published poetry and fiction in May Anthologies.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives (http://www.marlboro.edu/news/promotional/change_lives.html). For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644.

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