2018-2019 Successes!

Congratulations to Dinguished Professor Mari Ruti for having been nominated for a Lambda Award for her book, The Ethics of Opting Out: Queer theory's Defiant Subjects (Columbia UP, 2017) The Ethics of Opting Out.

Congratulations to Professor Liza Blake on being awarded a Folger Long-Term Fellowships 2018-19, view podcast.

Congratulations to Shalini Nanayakkara on being successful with her application for UTM's Undergraduate Research Competition for her project entitled Elemental Criticism: Manfred and Modern Fantasy.

Congratulations to Professor Larry Switzky on being awarded UTM's E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for 2017.

Congratulations to Maria Popa for being the recipient of the 2017 Harold Sunny Ladoo Book Prize for her submission of Poems.

Special Mention to: Shaquille Reynolds-Pottinger for her submission of Poems and Susana Correia for her synopsis entitled: "The Darkness Over Clay Hill" for the 2017 Harold Sunny Ladoo Book Prize

Congratulations to TDS grad Mercedes Morris who won the Douglas Campbell Award to Assist in the Creation of Theatre for her work with Act Out Youth Theatre at Stratford’s Tyrone Guthie Awards' event (Sept 2017).

Congratulations to Qasim Khan for winning the Jean A. Chalmers Theatre Training Award at Stratford’s Tyrone Guthie Awards' event (Sept 2017).

Congratulations to Mehak Kawatra winner of UTM's Founder's Medal, for top graduating student - all disciplines - this year. Mehak, we are so, so, so proud of you. It couldn't be more deserved. Click here for an interview with Mehak as she reflects on her time at UTM and in the Department of English & Drama.

Congratulations to Maria Popa, E&D graduate, for winning the E.A. Robinson Medal for the best student in the humanities at UTM. What an amazing achievement Maria, congratulations! We are all extremely proud.

Congratulations to Gabriela Caballero for being selected as The R.W. Van Fossen Award in English recipient for 2016-17.

Congratulations to Professor Terry Robinson for winning the Annibel Jenkins Prize for the Best Article in Performance and Theatre Studies and the Percy G. Adams Prize for the Best Article on an Eighteenth-Century Subject for her article "Becoming Somebody: Refashioning the Body Politic in Mary Robinson's Nobody."

Congratulations to Mehak Kawatra for being selected as a 2017 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award winner! Mehak has demonstrated great leadership potential and a commitment to making the U of T community a great place.

More Past Successes!

Congratulations to Professor Jacob Gallagher Ross, who has received the American Theatre and Drama Society’s Vera Mowry Roberts Award for the best article of the year (for “Mediating the Method” published in Theatre Survey in 2015) - AND, with his colleague Miriam Felton-Dansky, the American Society for Theater Research’s 2016 Collaborative Research Award.

Congratulations to Merium Khan for being awarded the V.A. De Luca Book Prize (2016) for outstanding written work entitled “A World of Worlds, as Pendents in each Eare”: Poetic Vitalism in Cavendish’s Poems, and Fancies.

Congratulations to Jessica Marie Giles for being awarded the V.A. De Luca Book Prize (2016) for outstanding written work entitled "Narrative Loop Rhizomes: Paradoxical Agency and Design in Aisle and The Stanley Parable".
Congratulations to Paul Helmut for being awarded the The Harold Sonny Ladoo Book Prize for Creative Writing for outstanding written work entitled "The Scheme of These Three Doors".
Congratulations to David Yee (TDS graduate) as winner of the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Drama – for carried away on the crest of a wave, first produced at the Tarragon Theatre and published by Playwrights Canada Press.
Congratulations to Julianna Chianelli for being awarded the V.A. De Luca Book Prize for "Phyllis Webb's Poetry of Resistance and its Power to Redeem the Female Poet", for ENG354Y, Canadian Poetry.
Congratulations to Hailey Gillis (graduated in 2013) for being nominated in the Music Theatre Division as a key member of the amazing Ensemble in Albert Shultz's production of the new music drama Spoon River for the Soulpepper Theatre Company.
Congratulations to Chiamaka G. Ugwu (graduated in 2014) for being nominated in the Independent Theatre Division as one of the equally amazing Ensemble in the Soheil Parsa production of the Lorca classic Blood Wedding for the Modern Times Stage Company and Aluna Theatre.
Congratulations to Qasim Khan (graduated in 2008) for being nominated for Outstanding Individual Performance in the Theatre for Young Audiences Division for his work in Beneath the Banyan Tree for Theatre Direct.
Congratulations to Yasmin Jajarmi for being one of the two winners to receive the Dean’s Excellence Award for writing excellence.
Congratulations to Professor Chester Scoville for being Image indicates that adjacent link to the right opens a new window recognized for excellence in the classroom and awarded a teaching fellowship, which will run as a pilot project during the 2015/2016 academic year.
Congratulations to Sarah Israr for being the recipient of the 2014 Harold Sonny Ladoo Prize for Creative Writing for the submission of The Secret Society an engaging and, in many respects, accomplished fantasy novel and in giving this prize, we acknowledge not only the focused work that went into its writing but also the author’s future potential for creating compelling narratives.
Congratulations to Paige Maria McPhee for an Honourable Mention for the 2014 Harold Sonny Ladoo Prize for Creative Writing for a moving and subtle poem entitled The Weigh In.
Congratulations to Daniel Jeffrey Goodman for an Honourable Mention for the 2014 Harold Sonny Ladoo Prize for Creative Writing for a playful and experimental prose piece entitled Pedestrians.
Congratulations to Cherylann Cawthorn for being the recipient of the 2013 V.A. De Luca Book Prize for "Labelling 'Insanity' in How I spent My Summer Holidays by W. O Mitchell and Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje", written for ENG353Y5Y, taught by Professor Brent Wood.
Congratulations to Victoria MacFarlane for being the recipient of the 2013 Harold Sonny Ladoo Prize for Creative Writing for the submission of the novella/long story "Sparks Fly Up".
Congratulations to Luke Sawczak for an Honourable Mention for the 2013 Harold Sonny Ladoo Prize for Creative Writing for the collection of poems entitled "Mississauga in Sepia."
Congratulations to Diana Patzer for being the recipient of the 2013 Principal's Award for Teaching Excellence for her work as a TA in ENG202Y in 2012-2013.
Congratulations to David Taylor for winning the Polanyi Prize in Literature

Congratulations to Prof. David Taylor on being one of the 2013 John Charles Polanyi Prize winners.

Prof. Taylor was awarded the $20,000 prize at a ceremony in Toronto this morning. As the provincial Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities writes, the Polanyi Prizes "were first awarded by the Government of Ontario in 1987, in honour of the achievements of Dr. John Charles Polanyi who received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The Polanyi Prize recognizes the excellence and potential of Prof. Taylor's research in literature. As a world-class researcher, Prof. Taylor has the ability to contribute valuable research, development, and innovation to his field and to Ontario's knowledge economy."

The work for which Prof. Taylor was awarded this prize is covered in some detail in Image indicates that adjacent link to the right opens a new window an article published in the Toronto Star. This is a tremendous honour and a well-deserved recognition of our colleague's and your teacher's important work.
Congratulations to Prof. Jeannine DeLombard awarded Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Book
Congratulations to Prof. DeLombard, whose new book In The Shadow of the Gallows: Race, Crime, and American Civic Identity (U of Pennsylvania P, 2012) is the winner of the Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Book, sponsored by the Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS).
Jeannine DeLombard's book, "In the Shadow of the Gallows" The prize committee lauds Prof. DeLombard's "ambitiously interdisciplinary and thoroughly accomplished study which stood out in a group of very eligible candidates. Committee members recognize that it makes a compelling case for the complex significance of the civic and cultural recognition extended to and, effectively achieved, by African-American criminals: one that will interest—and influence—a broad range of scholars working in literature, history, critical race theory, legal studies, and citizenship studies (among other fields). In short, this is an impressive, original contribution to American Studies, broadly defined. We are delighted to recognize this significant contribution to the field."
As the CAAS writes, the "prize is named in honour of Dr. Robert K. Martin, whose work not only continues to shape, among other fields, the study of LGBTQ studies in American literature and culture, but who also was instrumental in the development of the CAAS. Now in its fifth decade, the CAAS has a long tradition of supporting and encouraging new and innovative scholarship in American Studies, and we hope that this prize will be able to bring attention to work, such as yours, which continues to expand the range of knowledge in American Studies within the academy, and demonstrate its importance to the larger intellectual and cultural life of society."

Congratulations to TDS Students at LA Web Fest
Jason Leaver's indie web soap opera OUT WITH DAD, featuring 2009 grad Kate Conway with current students Lindsey Middleton and Elizabeth Stuart-Morris, won special recognition at the LA Web Fest in California last weekend.
Along with three other Canadian series, it will now move on to the Marseille Web Fest, the Emmys of the web series world.

Congratulations to Jeannine DeLombard for being awarded a 12-month Jackman Fellowship for 2011-12. Congratulations to her on this very significant recognition of her continuing contribution to research in the humanities.
Congratulations to Ms Devani Singh
One of our recent graduates who is one of only 60 international scholars awarded an extremely competitive Gates Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Cambridge.
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Congratulations to Jeannine DeLombard
"Blackened Reputations: The Slave Narrative and the Transformation of American Civic Identity"
Congratulations to Alexandra Gillespie
"John Stow's Medieval Books"
Congratulations to Mari Ruti
"Becoming Human: Self, Other, Ethics"

for their success in their applications for a SSHRC Standard Research Grant.
Congratulations to Richard Greene,
Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award 2010
for Boxing the Compass, Poetry

 Book Cover for Boxing the Compass

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