Baylor University Poet Awarded New Zealand’s Most Prestigious Writing Fellowship

Chloe Honum, an assistant professor of English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has received the 2019 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship, New Zealand’s most prestigious writing fellowship. Established in 1987, the Sargeson Fellowship is a national literary award offering published New Zealand writers, based both locally and internationally, with the opportunity to research and write full time through a residence, stipend and tenure at the Sargeson Centre in Auckland.

Professor Honum is the author of the poetry collections Then Winter (Bull City Press, 2017) and The Tulip-Flame (Cleveland State University Press, 2014).

“I was deeply honored to hear that I was selected for the fellowship, which has such an important history and place in New Zealand literature,” said Dr. Honum. “It will allow me to research and work on a manuscript of poems for four months at the Sargeson Centre, in the heart of Auckland City. I grew up in Auckland, and to be returning with the purpose of writing as a Sargeson Fellow is beyond thrilling.”

Dr. Honum holds a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University.

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