Nina Mae Kellogg Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all award recipients at the 2013 Kellogg Awards Ceremony! We would also like to extend a special thanks to the donors of the awards, without whom this very special annual event would not be possible. arrow See the list of award winners.

The Department of English annually grants awards and scholarships to undergraduate English majors and to graduate English and Writing students who have demonstrated academic excellence. The awards process culminates each spring in the Nina Mae Kellogg Awards Ceremony, where we come together as a department to celebrate our students and to thank our donors and sponsors. The generosity of our donors funds the contest awards and supports our ability to invite internationally prominent authors to speak at the event.

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The 2013 Kellogg Awards Ceremony

Please join us for the 49th Annual Nina Mae Kellogg Awards Ceremony where our guest speaker will be one of the world's leading gender and queer theorists, Jack Halberstam. His talk is entitled, “No Church in the Wild: Queer Anarchy and Gaga Feminism.”

Co-sponsored by Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

When: Monday, May 13, 2013
Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Where: The Smith Student Union Ballroom, SMSU 335
1825 S.W. Broadway, Portland, Oregon
Portland State University campus
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About the Guest Speaker

Jack Halberstam Jack Halberstam is Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. Halberstam works in the areas of popular, visual and queer culture with an emphasis on subcultures. Halberstam's first book, Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (1995), was a study of popular gothic cultures of the 19th and 20th centuries and it stretched from Frankenstein to contemporary horror film. His 1998 book, Female Masculinity (1998), made a ground breaking argument about non-male masculinity and tracked the impact of female masculinity upon hegemonic genders. In his book, In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (2005), Halberstam described and theorized queer reconfigurations of time and space in relation to subcultural scenes and the emergence of transgender visibility. This book devotes several chapters to the topic of visual representation of gender ambiguity.

In The Queer Art of Failure (2011), Halberstam wrote about “about finding alternatives to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing; and to cultural criticism that claims to break new ground but cleaves to conventional archives.”

Halberstam's latest book is Gaga Feminism (2012), is “a provocative manifesto of creative mayhem, a roadmap to sex and gender for the twenty-first century, that holds Lady Gaga as an exemplar of a new kind of feminism that privileges gender and sexual fluidity.”

Gaga Feminism

About the Awards

The Nina Mae Kellogg Awards
The Nina Mae Kellogg Student Awards in English honor the memory of a woman who received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan and who taught English in high schools in Michigan and at Battle Creek College, where she retired as Associate Professor of English. She was married to Carl Dahlstrom, a PSU professor emeritus of English, and the donor of the funds that support the Nina Mae Kellogg awards. He came to Portland State University from the University of Michigan, and often expressed his gratitude for the congenial and supportive climate he found at PSU. He died in 1981. Dahlstrom, devoted to his discipline and concerned for his students, said that through the Kellogg awards hoped to encourage students to continue on in their careers. Through campus visits of distinguished scholars and writers, he hoped to enrich the work of students and faculty. Because Dahlstrom was a self-effacing man, he gave the names of his wife and his mother to the student-aid funds established at PSU.

The Marilyn Folkestad Scholarship
The Marilyn Folkestad Scholarship Award is named for Marilyn Folkestad, a poet and fiction writer and author of the novel Ghost Dancing. The scholarship, given to one female graduate student and one female undergraduate student, both of whom have returned to school to pursue a career in literature and creative writing, is funded through the generosity of the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, administered by Christopher Folkestad.

The Tom and Phyllis Burnam Awards
Phyllis Burnam, widow of English Department colleague Tom Burnam, left a significant bequest to PSU, which resulted in sizeable gifts to the English Department, funding the Tom and Phyllis Burnam Writing Awards, as well as providing funds for the English Department for its general use. Tom Burnam was recognized nationally for his best-selling book, The Dictionary of Misinformation, much discussed in the press and on network talk shows. At PSU, he and Phyllis are remembered for their intelligence, wit and graciousness. Tom and his good humor often kept the department afloat on perilous administrative seas, and his trenchant and often ironic minutes from department meetings remain a highlight of department lore. Phyllis was often Tom's straight man, and sometimes reversed positions with her husband to his dismay and delight. Their commitment to PSU was truly a team effort.

The John Redman Freshman Writing Award
John Redman was an outstanding student at PSC in the 1960s and earned his MA in English at PSU. He taught at Clackamas Community College, and then as an instructor at PSU in the 1980s and 1990s. He died in the mid-1990s. He exemplified respect for lower-division teaching.

The Frank Andrew Clarke and Helen Clarke Memorial Award
The Frank Andrew Clarke and Helen Clarke Memorial Award honors the parents of PSU faculty member Margaret Clark, who endowed the award in their names. Margaret Clark was an Assistant Dean in the Division of Arts and Letters (before it became the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), and she taught writing for the English Department. She died in 1975.

The Philip Ford Graduate Award
Philip Ford was a longtime English and American literature professor at PSU. He taught courses in American literature, and particularly in realism and naturalism. He was coordinator of the graduate program for many years.

The Tom Doulis Graduate Fiction Writing Awards
Thomas Doulis was born in Western Pennsylvania and grew up in a steel town that is the locale of most of the action in his novel, The Open Hearth: The First Generation, a novel whose narrative spans the years 1914-1937. While serving in the Army, Doulis went to Jump School to become a paratrooper and to write the field manual on Unconventional Warfare for the Special Forces. This experience served as fodder for his first novel, Path for our Valor, (Simon and Schuster, 1963). Before going to Greece on a Fulbright, Doulis wrote The Quarries of Sicily (1969). Doulis was a longtime member of the creative writing faculty at PSU.

The Shelley Reece Award in Poetry
Shelley Reece is a native of Kansas, presently chairs The Friends of William Stafford. Retired from his professorship of English at Portland State, Shelley still teaches occasional courses in contemporary British literature, as well as writing classes. Among Reece's gifts to PSU is his work in launching the University Studies program, now a cornerstone of our curriculum.

The Duncan Carter Writing Award
The Duncan Carter Writing Award honors longtime English Professor Duncan Carter. A PSU faculty member for over 25 years, he has been not only a much loved and respected teacher, but has also served as Director of Rhetoric and Composition, Chair of the English Department, and Associate Dean of CLAS. This award for most outstanding student writing in a composition course recognizes his exceptional contribution, including his encouragement of student writing and his mentoring of rhetoric and composition teachers during his long tenure here.

The Tom Bates Awards in Nonfiction Writing
Tom Bates was a longtime West Coast magazine and newspaper writer and editor. Before joining The Oregonian in 1994 as a staff writer, Tom had worked as editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine and as senior editor of California Magazine and New West. For many years before that he had been editor of Oregon Magazine. Tom grew up in Oakridge, Oregon. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Oregon, where he was a Fulbright Scholar his junior year, studying in Italy. He received his master's and doctorate degree in history from the University of Wisconsin. Tom, who was the author of Rads: The 1970 Bombing of the Army Math Research Center at the University of Wisconsin and Its Aftermath, won numerous local, regional and national newspaper awards for his writing in The Oregonian. He died in 1999.

The Academy of American Poets Award
Presented for the best poem or group of poems submitted by a student. Winning poems may be selected for publication by the Academy.

The Wilma Morrison Award
The Wilma Morrison Award honors the memory of the late Wilma Morrison, a longtime reporter for The Oregonian who founded the journalism department at Portland State College in 1961, and was the adviser to the Vanguard student newspaper. Wilma inspired and instructed hundreds of students, many of whom hold key positions today on major American newspapers. The awards began in 1992 and are endowed by alumni and current friends of the Vanguard.

Dennis Stovall First Edition Award
Awarded to a graduate student in the publishing program who best exemplifies the program's mission. The award is named for Dennis Stovall, who founded the Master's program in Publishing in 2001. Through classes on the theory and practice of publishing, as well as its student-staffed publishing house, Ooligan Press, the program provides real-world publishing experience in an academic setting.

The Giving Back Fellowship
Awarded to a second-year student in the graduate nonfiction writing program based on a writing sample, general achievement, and need.

Support Future Kellogg Award Winners

Help support future Kellogg Award winners by making a gift to support student scholarship in English today!

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