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Countryman wins prestigious CAS award

Professor recognized with a McCausland Faculty Fellowship

Assistant Professor Liz Countryman has been named a 2022 McCausland Fellow by the College of Arts and Sciences. Supporting early career CAS faculty who are “committed, creative teachers and rising stars in their disciplines,” the McCausland Fellowships are the premiere faculty fellowships offered by the College.

Dr. Countryman is an award-winning poet and teacher. She earned the annual Poetry Prize from Subito Press (at the University of Colorado) for her first collection, A Forest Almost, in 2017 and won the English department’s Teacher of the Year award in 2020. Her poems have appeared in such prestigious venues as the Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, Lana Turner, and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. Countryman describes her current project, A Clearing, as a collection of poems that “explor[es] … specific places to bring personal memory and domestic experience into conversation with larger narrative frameworks like history and ecological loss.” Beloved by her students and celebrated by her peers as a poet, teacher, and community-builder, she has made a deep impact at UofSC already and promises to go on to do still greater things.

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