NIU’s Amy Newman among top Chicago poets

Amy Newman

Amy Newman

A distinguished professor in the English Department at Northern Illinois University is among the top poets in Chicago, according to CBS Chicago.

Amy Newman is the author of four published collections of poetic works. According to the website, “Newman’s superb style of writing is at once deep and personal, and yet abstractly detached.”

Professor Newman has published more than 200 poems in North America, England, Italy and Romania. Poems have been anthologized in “The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries,” “The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry” and “Sentence’s An Introduction to the Prose Poem.” Her body of work includes an acclaimed collection of poems titled “Fall,” a unique narrative exploration of the 72 definitions of the word.

Amy Newman“I went to the dictionary just to look up the word as a part of my research, and I was astounded to see that the word had 72 definitions,” Newman said. “I just read the definitions through, and they seemed to be telling a story.”

A winner of numerous awards and fellowships including the Beatrice Hawley Award and a Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council, Newman’s poetry has been recognized in magazines, anthologies and journals in the United States and internationally. A recipient of three Individual Artists Fellowships and a MacDowell Colony Fellow, she is editor of Ancora Imparo, the journal of arts, process, and remnant.

Newman has been honored with NIU’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in addition to being recognized as a Presidential Research Professor.

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