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March 16, 2016

Kalamaras Honored with First-ever IPFW Faculty Engagement Award

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—George Kalamaras is a professor of English at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), a post he has held since 1990. Kalamaras recently served a two-year term as Indiana Poet Laureate from January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2015. To honor his engagement, IPFW will present him with the first-ever Featured Faculty for Excellence in Engagement award. The award will be presented Thursday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Kettler Hall Faculty Lounge (Room 154).

“George is more than deserving of this award, given his work to share his love of poetry, reading, and writing across the state of Indiana,” said Marcia Dixson, associate professor of communication and assistant vice chancellor for teaching and learning.

Kalamaras’ engagement efforts include:

  • IPFW Visiting Writers series (22 years)—bringing three to four writers to campus and the community each year
  • First Friday Reading Series (12 years) at One World Cafe in the Three Rivers Food Co-op
  • Wabash Watershed website, featuring Indiana poets 
  • Five Corners Poetry Exchange Readings—groups of poets travel from one part of the state to another
  • Project 411—state-wide collaborative poem

Kalamaras is the author of eight books of poetry and one of scholarship including Kingdom of Throat-Stuck Luck, winner of the Elixir Press poetry contest; The Recumbent Galaxy, co-authored with Alvaro Cardona-Hine and winner of the C&R Press open competition; The Theory and Function of Mangoes, winner of the Four Way Books intro series; seven poetry chapbooks, including the award-winning The Mining Camps of the Mouth; numerous articles in scholarly journals; and nearly 900 poems in anthologies and magazines in the United States and abroad.

His poems have appeared in such places as The Best American Poetry, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, New Letters, North American Review, and many others.

Among his degrees, he holds a Doctorate in English from State University of New York at Albany. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Cedar Lake, Ind., in Lake County.

For more information contact Kalamaras at 260-481-6756 or