NC State’s Poet in Residence Honored by National Association of Writers, Writing Programs
Retiring professor of English and poet in residence John Balaban has received the prestigious George Garrett award from the national Association of Writers and Writing Programs for outstanding community service in literature.
Rescuing a Script from Extinction
After trending toward extinction for decades, Vietnam’s ancient script, Chữ Nôm, now has a healthier outlook. With a few strokes on the keyboard, anyone with a computer can write in Nôm. The character 字, for instance, represents the Nôm word for “word.” NC State English professor John Balaban has helped lead many of the developments that kickstarted Nôm’s recovery, turning an endangered calligraphic way of writing into a preserved tradition.
Upcoming: Pulitzer Poet Yusef Komunyakaa
Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa served as this year’s judge for the NC State Poetry Contest. The contest — considered one of the largest free poetry contests in the southeast — yielded 636 entries this year. When Komunyakaa visits NC State on April 6-7, he will announce the contest winners, visit with students and hold a public reading of his own poetry.