Alumni update: Amy Fairgrieve


Amy Fairgrieve (12) has been selected to receive a $5000 Phi Kappi Phi Fellowship, one of only 51 such awards nationally.  The fellowship will help her as she enters the PhD program at the University of Minnesota this Fall.  “In many ways applying to graduate school was full of lots of uncertainties about what graduate schools were looking for and how to go about choosing from the numerous options for MA and PhD programs,” she writes. “U of M appealed to me because of how seamlessly the program fits with my research interests. My Research Honors project at IWU focused on Cognitive Literary Theory and I would like to continue work in that area; U of M offers unique opportunities for students and faculty outside of the cognitive sciences to engage with research from those fields, and the English department really encourages interdisciplinary study. Those factors sold me on the program.”

Congratulations, Amy, and all the best to you in the next phase of your academic career!


Poetry Reading by Katy Didden May 15

Katy Didden, author of The Glacier’s Wake and winner of the Lena Miles Wever Todd prize, will be giving a poetry reading this Wednesday, May 15 at 4 p.m. in the Joslin Atrium. Katy Didden is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships and her poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and The Missouri Review. To learn more about her work, visit her website at <>.