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Monica Berlin receives state arts award
Poet receives 2005 Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award
January 20, 2005

Monica Berlin, assistant professor of English at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, has received a 2005 Finalist Award from the Illinois Arts Council.

Berlin, who teaches literature, poetry and fiction, is among 49 Fellowship and 26 Finalist winners, selected from 845 applications to the state agency that supports arts activities in Illinois.

"Monica is a gifted poet and writer, and this is a well-deserved award," said Lori Haslem, associate professor and chair of the English Department at Knox. "Coming on the heels of two nominations for Pushcart Prizes, this honor points to ongoing recognition of her accomplishments as a poet."

A news release from Illinois Arts Council (IAC) states that the Finalist Awards, which include a grant of $700, are given to "applicants who demonstrate considerable talent." The IAC awarded 49 Fellowship Awards and 26 Finalist Awards.

Berlin, who received her bachelor's degree in English at Knox in 1995, has taught at Knox since 1997. She received nominations in 2003 and 2004 for the Pushcart Prize, a national competition for poetry, essays and short stories.

Berlin also is the faculty advisor to Catch, Knox's student literary magazine that has won several top national awards; and a contributing editor of Hunger Mountain, the literary magazine at Vermont College.

Founded in 1837, Knox is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, with students from 46 states and 50 nations. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.

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Monica Berlin Profile

Illinois Arts Council 2005 Award Winners


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