Department of English

English Major Nooshin Ghanbari Wins Prestigious System-Wide Award

Thu, May 4, 2017
English Major Nooshin Ghanbari Wins Prestigious System-Wide Award
Ghanbari won the Regents' Award for "homecoming and other poems"

Plan II major Nooshin Ghanbari has won the 2017 Regents' Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities, a prestigious system-wide award.

We spoke to her about this tremendous achievement and her project: 

"I am very proud to be an English major at UT," Ghanbari says, "so it is truly an honor to receive the Regents' Award and represent the Department at the systemwide level. Many thanks to the Creative Writing Certificate faculty for all that they do to inspire a new generation of artists, and especially to Laurie Saurborn for her unwavering support over the past two years."

'homecoming & other poems' is a reduction of her forthcoming Plan II Honors thesis, a collection of poetry spanning the time that she spent in Europe with the 2016 Oxford Summer Program. While mainly concerned with physical, geographical distance—the act of traveling outside the United States for the first time as an adult and engaging with new languages and cultures firsthand—the project's narrative arc comprises moments of emotional distance as well, particularly in "homecoming" and "reunion," the final two poems.


Ghanbari is a completing a Certificate in Creative Writing, currently writing a Creative Honors thesis with Laurie Saurborn, and has taken classes with Laurie and Dean Young. Last year, Ghanbari won the Ellen Engler Burks Memorial Scholarship in poetry from the Department.

Congratulations Nooshin!


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