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Assistant Professor of English Roger Reeves Receives Whiting Award for Poetry

Mar 10, 2015
UIC LAS Assistant Professor of English Roger Reeves is a recipient of a $50,000 Whiting Award. This prestigious award is given to ten emerging and talented fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama writers annually.

The Whiting Award is just the poet’s latest prize for literary distinction.

Since joining UIC in 2011, Reeves has been awarded a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts creative writing grant for outstanding poets and a 2013 Pushcart Prize, a major honor for work published by small literary magazines or small presses around the world.

His first book, “King Me,” was named one of the best books of 2013 by Library Journal and Tin House. It received the 2014 Levis Reading Prize and the Zacharis First Book Award.

His poem “Kletic of Walt Whitman” was selected in 2009 for “Best New Poets,” an annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers.

Last month, he received the UIC Researcher of the Year Rising Star Award, which honors early-career researchers who show promise as future leaders.

UIC News: UIC Poet Wins Prestigious Whiting Award
AP: Ten Emerging Writers Each Win $50,000 Prize
Chicago Tribune: Chicago Book News: Roger Reeves Wins Whiting Award