Professor Roger Reeves named a “UIC Rising Star” recipient

Congratulations to Roger Reeves who has just been named a "Rising Star" recipient of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research 2014 UIC Researcher of the Year awards.

The Rising Star award is given to five UIC early career scholars who have demonstrated outstanding promise to become future leaders in their area of expertise. Roger's citation is as follows:

Art, Architecture, and the Humanities

*Rising Star: Roger Reeves, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, English, Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Reeves emergence as a major poet has been extraordinarily swift and decisive since his first faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor at UIC in 2011. Reeves poetry has had an effect on the literary field by virtue of the combination of extraordinary technical skill and scope, from poems focused on the African American experience, both historical and contemporary, to other moments of historical and personal trauma . Professor Reeves takes his work into the community through readings and activities in Chicago Public Schools. His individual poems have won a series of major prizes and national fellowships including at the National Endowment for the Arts and Princeton University. His first book, King Me, received the 2014 Larry Levis Reading Prize and the John C. Zacharis First Book Award. His work has been endorsed by major scholars including Natasha Trethewey, Poet Laureate of the United States.