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Joseph honored as mentor

July 09, 2012, CoLA

Allison Joseph, poet and director of the creative writing master of fine arts program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has received dozens of awards for her poetry. At the recent Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, she received an award for her role as mentor and advocate for young writers.

Joseph is the recipient of the 2012 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature. Joseph mentores students at SIU Carbondale -- that's a major part of her job description. She also reaches out to even younger writers as the founder and director of the Young Writers Workshop, an annual summer residential writing program for high school students. She includes graduate students in leading the younger students, thereby not only continuing to mentor the graduate students as they learn to teach the crafy, but also demonstrating for them the benefits of mentorship.

She also manages an email list-serv, CRWROPPS -- the Creative Writers Opportunities List -- for which she collects and distributes journal and magazine submission information and deadlines, writing contest deadlines, writing faculty and teaching positions and other information useful to writers.

To read the full Saluki Times article, click here.