May 11, 2020
Associate Professor Anne Boyer Wins Pulitzer Prize
Associate Professor of Creative Writing Anne Boyer had added another award to her growing list. She won the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction for her book The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care, an elegant and unforgettable narrative about the brutality of illness and the capitalism of cancer care in America. Earlier this spring Boyer won the prestigious 2020 Windham Campbell Prize in Non-Fiction.
“Winning the Pulitzer Prize was a complete surprise. It’s among the highest honors an American writer can receive, and that the news came in while I was teaching online, so I could share it with my students, made it all the more special. My hope is that the prize will call attention to the issues addressed in the book, particularly in the time of COVID when the brutalities and inequalities of for-profit healthcare have even more obviously put the well-being of our entire society at risk,” said Boyer.
A prolific poet and essayist, Boyer is the highly-praised author of The Undying (2019), The Handbook of Disappointed Fate (2018), and Garments Against Women (2015), among other works. She was recognized as one of ten emerging writers by the Whiting Foundation in the category of Non-Fiction, Poetry and received the inaugural Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Her book, The Undying, was one of the five finalists in the PEN Jean Stein award, which chooses the best five books published in the last year. Boyer has been teaching at KCAI since 2007.
Read more about Boyer’s Pulitzer Prize in the articles below.
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Watching elephants frolic in the new waterfall pool is delighting visitors at the recently renovated Elephant Expedition at the Kansas City Zoo. The pachyderm’s passion for H2O is also the theme of another one of the exhibition’s new features, a vibrant mural by Anh Le, a 2020 graduate of KCAI’s Illustration program. The large-scale panorama on the Learning Cottage at the exhibit entrance shows animal families coming together at a waterhole in the wilds of Africa. “I wanted the whole scene to have a warm, inviting vibe for visitors. It gives them a little peek into the world they are entering,” said Le. The project was created when Le was a senior in KCAI’s MICRO Agency, which connects Kansas City businesses with the creative talent of KCAI students. Several students presented designs to the Zoo team and Le’s interpretation made the final cut. This is the second time KCAI students have designed murals for the Zoo. Vaughn Parrish (’19 Illustration) created the underwater themed wall in Stingray Bay. Le’s motivation for the mural is simple — to bring happiness. “With everything that’s going on in the world right now, we need a spark of positivity and joy. I hope people read more…
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