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Library Partners Press announces award recipients

Library Partners Press, a digital publishing imprint of Wake Forest, announced this week the recipients of its 2020 David Coates Award for Non-Fiction and its 2020 Gail O’Day Award for Poetry.

Thomas Edward Frank, professor and associate dean for continuing studies in the Graduate School, received the non-fiction award for the book entitled “Historic Houses of Worship in Peril: Conserving Their Place in American Life.”

Lamaya Covington Williams (’01, MALS ’05) received the poetry award for a book entitled “Tree River Fish: Poems on America’s Reaping.”

Of Frank’s book, Library Partners Press provided the following from Paul Edmondson of the National Trust for Historic Preservation: “In Historic Houses of Worship in Peril, Thomas Frank lays out the case for how historic houses of worship serve as ‘essential elements of the sense of place that grounds community life in America.’ Unfortunately, as he also describes, social and religious changes over time and across the American civic landscape means that these key community assets are seriously threatened.”

Library Partners Press describes Williams’ new book of poetry as offering instructive and timely poems on the condition of the United States during the present presidential administration. Library Partners Press, a digital publishing imprint of Wake Forest producing high quality monographs in both print-on-demand and ebook formats, is now accepting nominations and manuscripts for its 2021 Awards.

Please contact librarypartnerspress@nullwfu.edu for more information.

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An occasional poem about graduation: "The Quarantine's Other Heroes"

Wanda Balzano, associate professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, wrote an occasional poem dedicated to Wake Forest University students who finished the spring semester remotely amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The University is honoring graduates with a Virtual Conferring of Degrees today, May 18 and with an on-campus commencement ceremony on October 31, 2020.

Professor Wanda Balzano teaches her British literature class“The Quarantine’s Other Heroes”

To my Wake Forest Students

Every day, face to face with a monitor:
Computer, tablet, phone.
Not everyone is the same,
For how many members are in a family,
How many rooms are in a house,
Helping their parents
Make ends meet, perhaps,
Or helping siblings
On their homework.

Kneading voices into sleep, from the East and the West,
Pens and books on their desks, beds, or laps;
Wearing sweaters over pajamas,
Hair combed, or not,
Make-up on their faces, or not,
Or darkened screens to hide it all,
When lessons begin.

Losing connections at times
Every so often they say
Their ritual “good morning” or “good night”
In Winston, in Seattle, or Korea.

In step with programs, counting days,
To put humanity back in the word
For ‘school’—the flesh of an active noun and verb
That smells of fresh chalk or dry eraser on the board
Mixed with take-out choices,
And free-reining hormones.

Days go by, one by one,
Labeling trips untaken
Parties not attended
Celebrations unlived.

Who is going to requite
Such emotions of year’s end
To these young scholars?
The night before the exams,
With the anxiety, and relief,
That feeling of shared
Destinies with peers,
Where is that restitution?

A self-crowned microbe
Is cruel and a tyrant, but will not win.
So many of them
Have learned the ways of champions
In a suspended time.
They have a life to journey through,
And they are learning in short order
Not to be presumptive – that
Nothing ought to be for granted.

Rather, some of them
Carrying Anchises on their backs,
Will wait out of danger and go back and run,
And color again the streets,
The schools, and life
On our earth, by and by.

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Honoring faculty, staff retirees

As Wake Forest prepares to celebrate the Virtual Conferring of Degrees on Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m., along with the achievements of the Class of 2020, we also pause to recognize and honor the outstanding careers of our retiring faculty and staff members.

This distinguished group of leaders, colleagues, mentors and friends includes 43 retiring faculty and staff members “who represent nearly 1,000 combined years of service,” according to the Human Resources website.

The entire list of 2019-’20 retirees is here.

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Office of the Provost announces faculty retirements

The Office of the Provost has announced the following Reynolda Campus faculty retirements with full retirement dates in July or August of 2020:

School of Business

George Page West, professor


John Friedenberg, associate teaching professor

Brian Gorelick, associate professor

Judy Kem, professor

Rick Matthews, professor

Cathy Seta, professor

Alan Williams, history

School of Law

Kate Mewhinney, professor

Suzanne Reynolds, professor

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Faculty books: April 2020

Cohen, Daniel, Gregory Pool, & Heidi Neck. (Center for Entrepreneurship). The IDEATE Method: Identifying High-Potential Entrepreneurial Ideas. SAGE. 2020. 

Parks, Gregory S., & Matthew W. Hughey. (Law). A Pledge with Purpose: Black Sororities and Fraternities and the Fight for Equality. NYU Press. 2020.

Schafer, John. (Classical Languages). Catullus Through His Books: Dramas of Composition. Cambridge University Press. 2020.

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