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“My work as a writer shows that the University is part of the world outside our own sometimes insular campus,” he says. His students have gone on to successes of their own. Each year, the mail brings three to four volumes by former students who have become successful authors.

Bin Ramke, Department of English

Renowned poet Bin Ramke understands that the impact of his work may not be as easy to define and quantify as it is for professors working in, say, the sciences. But he can point to the dialogue that he and his students create through their publications.

“My work as a writer shows that the University is part of the world outside our own sometimes insular campus,” he says. Critics have lauded his 10 volumes of poetry — the first of which won the Yale Younger Poets Prize — for their experimentation and close investigation of language. His students have gone on to successes of their own. Each year, the mail brings three to four volumes by former students who have become successful authors.

“Endowed chairs offer stability in the study of and examination of areas that market forces will sometimes ignore,” says Ramke, who holds the Lawrence C. Phipps Humanities Chair. “Poetry doesn’t easily fit into the economy of the world around us, so something like this award, the Phipps Chair, suggests that my work is needed and that it is valued.”

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