Jones receives writing scholarship from Washington University in St. Louis

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Shellandrielle Jones of Prairieville recently received a Howard Nemerov Writing Scholarship from Washington University in St. Louis. Jones, one of 10 Nemerov Scholars selected this year, is a 2017 graduate of Dutchtown High School.

Jones is a first-year student at Washington University. The Nemerov Scholarship is awarded to incoming first-year students in the College of Arts & Sciences who demonstrate exceptional writing talent. The award is for $3,000 and is renewable for four years.

During their time at Washington University, the Nemerov Scholars participate in a series of educational experiences designed to engage and inspire writers. Students enroll in the weekly Howard Nemerov Writing Seminar, interact with visiting writers, attend off-campus readings and workshops and earn a minor in writing or a concentration in creative writing.

The scholarship is named after the late Howard Nemerov, a prize-winning poet who taught at the university from 1969 until shortly before his death in 1991.

Nemerov, who was a professor of English and distinguished poet in residence, is widely regarded as one of the great American writers of the mid-20th century. Known primarily for his many poems, he also distinguished himself as a writer of short stories, novels, essays and a notable body of criticism.

He served as poetry consultant to the Library of Congress in 1963 and 1964, as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and as poet laureate of the United States from 1988 to 1990.

Nemerov received numerous literary awards and prizes, including the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for "The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov" and the National Medal for the Arts in Poetry.

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