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English Department

Prizes Awarded at Honors Convocation

Established in honor of Joseph C. Palamountain, president of Skidmore College, 1965-87, and awarded to the students submitting the best examples of expository prose in English, unrestricted as to subject matter.   

2022 - Emilka Jansen '24

For exemplary student work of significant scale that centers social justice and presents a substantive engagement with one or more of the following issues: racism/racial justice, racialized systems of power, colonization/decolonization, and intersecting oppressions. 

2022 - Dotty Irrera '22

This is awarded to a senior in English who has shown outstanding promise as a literary critic, scholar, or artist, and who intends to pursue graduate studies or a career in writing. 

2022 - Miriam Harrow '22

2021 - Eliza Kuperschmid

2020 – John Brox McCarthy

2019 – Kallan Dana

2018 – Laura Pierson

2017 – Brian Allan

2016 – Elina Schenker

2015 – Matthew Gellman

2014 – Ryanne McEvoy

2013 – Margaret Myers

2012 – Benjamin Horton

2011 – Catherine Pond

2010 – Julia Louise Dauer

This is awarded to the student who has excelled as a critic or scholar during their career as an English major.

2022 - Merrill Brouder '22

2021 - Nicole Wong

2020 - Hannah Rose Sacks

2019 - Juni Ahari

2018 - Caity Cook

2017 – Taylor Ray

2016 – John Volza

2015 – Eleanor Laurence

2014 – Katherine Cavanaugh

2013 – Laura Geralyn Naperstek

2012 – Molly O’Brien

2011 – Anne Potish

2010 – Emma Newcombe

This is awarded annually to a student who has shown promise and superior work in the writing of poetry.

2022 - Ella Fishman '22

2021 - Andres Priest-Lopez

2020 – Samuel Evan Weinberg

2019 – no prize awarded

2018 – Nell Mittelstead

2017 – Ryan Davis

2016 – Corey Baumer

2015 – Matthew Gellman

2014 – Margaret Kaplan

2013 – Chloe Ann Stricklin

2012 – John Maher

2011 – Catherine Pond

2010 – Daniel Kraines

This is awarded annually to a student for a fiction manuscript or set of manuscripts that reveal sensitivity to theme, structure, characterization, and language found in serious fiction written in English.

2022 - Nakeysa Hooglund '23

2021 - Grace Hickey

2020 – Nicole Wong

2019 – Nicole Wong

2018 – Jeffrey Dingler

2017 – Julianna DiStefano

2016 – Sean van der Heijden

2015 – Lucia Akard

2014 – Cameron Fay

2013 – Shannon Keane

2012 – Deven Bussey

2011 – Marie-Claire Verna Churchouse

2010 -  no prize awarded

This is awarded to a student who has excelled in the writing of fiction.

2022 - Kimberly Pienkawa '25

2021 - Aidan Norr

2020 – Natalie Jacobs

2019 – Olivia Lipkin

2018 – Rose O’Connor

2017 – Brian Allan

2016 – Monica Horowitz

2015 – Quinn Martin

2014 – Jennifer Evans

2013 – Rowley Coffin Amato

2012 – Sophia Stewart

2011 – Amanda Werner

2010 – Christopher Keyser

Recipients of Distinguished Writing Awards

These awards recognize excellent student essays at the 103/105/105H; 110; 200; and 300 levels. Members of the faculty submit papers to the Honors and Awards Committee, which consists of department members who evaluate and discuss the nominations and announce the award winners at a ceremony in the spring semester. 

2022 - Zia Foxhall '25 "Dirty Computer. The Power of Protest Music"

2021 - Annika Johnson '24 "Letter to my Future Daughter"

2020 - Grant Summermatter ’23, “Dirty Beach on the Edge of Forever”

2019 - Abby MacDonald '22, “No Frills Dining”

2018 - Amira Silverman '21, "Swinging In A Courtyard: Childhood Within the Walls of Silwan"

2017 - Joseph Gouvin '20, "Encyclopedic Organization in 'The Heat of the Universe'"

2016 - Elianna Mentzer '19, "Monster Mash: Gothicism in Never Let Me Go"

2015 - Eve Stewart '18, "Toward Heaven and Back: On Robert Frost's 'Birches'"

2014 - Taylor Ray '17, "A Worldly Interpretation of The Tempest as Internally Contrapuntal"

2013 - Eleanor Maude Laurence '15, "Graham Swift's Waterland: Mythical Fact in 'Historia'"

2012 - Jonny Ausubel '14, "The Infinite Cave"

2011 - Nicole McAllister '14, "The Audience of Autohagiography: Insight into the Medieval Mind"

2022 - Becca Haberman '25 "Where She Lies Low: The Neglected Voice and Price of Experience in Goblin Market"

2021 - Emma Stratman '24 "Kevin Young's 'Ode to the Midwest' as a Love Letter to Passive Aggression"

2020 - Aymon Langlois ’23, “Pip’s Penitence” 

2019 - Franny Hough `22, “The Many Layers of Games in ‘The Purloined Letter’”

2018 - Noah Mendel '20, "The Crucial Complexity of 'My Papa's Waltz'"

2022 - Dani Wood '24 "Making Space for Women's Testimony"

2021 - Natalie Jew '23 "Dreaming Awake"

2020 - Rose O’Gara ’20, “The Surreal Imaginary: Salvador Dali’s Alice

2019 - Jonah Cohen `20, “Forgiveness and Sympathy: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as a Revolutionary Text”

2018 - Basil Lilien '19, "Disentangling Characters and People: A Criticism of 'Narrative Prosthesis'"

2017 - Lauren Jaeger '19, "Recognition of the Other: Reconciliation of Identity in Disgrace and Wide Sargasso Sea"

2016 - Juni Ahari '19, "Motionless Modern Love: Stillness in 'Modern Love: I'"

2015 - Brian Allan '17, "Gender in The Passion of New Eve"

2014 - Peter Beiser '15, "Poe and Dupin: A Calculating Artist and an Imaginative Analyst"

2013 - Margaret Haas '15, "Infant Sight: Elizabeth Bishop and the Loss of Innocence"

2012 - Allison Kruse '12, "John Ruskin's Illustrated Fable King of the Golden River as an Avenue for Environmentalism

2011 - Adina Fried '12, "Nonviolence versus Violence: Competing Conceptions of Indian Independence in Tagore's The Home and the World and Adiga's The White Tiger"

2022 - Justin Rizzi '23 "Milton Lives: Miltonic Ideals in John Carpenter's Reagan Era Resistance"

2021 - Salvatore Juliano '21 "Out of the Closet and Into the Gaze: Immaculate Masculinity and Gay Shame in James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room

2020 - Annabel Pruitt ’20, “The Monster, Skinned:  Defining Monstrosity at the Turn of the Century”

2019 - Sammy Bluth `16, “Subverting Societal Conventions: Sexual Desire and the 

Inaccuracy of Language in Tirso de Molina’s The Trickster of Seville

2018 - Jessica Austin '18, "Cultural Appropriation in Fiction: A Perspective from Milton's Areopagitica"

2017 - Elianna Mentzer '19, "Sea and Self: Water and Identity in David Copperfield"

2016 - Gina Simoncelli '16, "Invisible Monsters: Internalized Monstrosity in Lolita, Psycho, and Silence of the Lambs"

2015 - Claire Cohen '17, "The Riddle of a Man and a Woman: William Carlos Williams' Treatment of the Human Body"

2014 - Emily Willstatter '14, "Zadie Smith's On Beauty as Revisionist Fiction: The Need for an End to Howard"

2013 - Lena Bilik '14, "'Qui est la?': Identity and the Feminist Revisionist Imagination"

2012 - Adina Fried '12, "'A Pessimism of Strength': The Nietzschean Elements of Irony in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man"

2011 - Elizabeth Adelman '11, "The Blakean Dialogue: An alaysis of the voices and discourse of William Blake's 'Visions of the Daughters of Albion' through the dialogical philosophy of Mikhail Bakhtin's The Dialogic Imagination"

The Honors and Awards Committee also annually selects the recipient of the Miranda Warner Award. This award, established in memory of Miranda Warner, Class of ’79, recognizes a student who produces exemplary literary criticism on the work of a female author, or an essay sensitive to women’s issues. 

2022 - Emma Stratman '24 "From the Small-Minded to the Strong-Minded: The Angel and Failed Angels of Vanity Fair and David Copperfield"

2021 - Jackie Allaire-MacDonald '23 "Reading the Brontë Canon for Feminist Messages"

2020 - Nicole Wong ’21, “The Art of Re-knowing in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse

2019 - Basil Lilien '19, “Race, Gender, and Objectification in Oroonoko

2018 - Jessica Austin '18, "Beauty and Recognition in Dickens' Bleak House"

2017 - Juni Ahari '19, "Naming, Power and Possession in Jane Eyre"

2016 - Tali Cohen '19, "Shame and Sexuality: Blake's Poetic Exploration of the Fall from Eden"

2015 - Rebecca Morofsky '15, "Untitled"

2014 - Lena Bilik '14, "Unnaming Her: Reechantment, Language, and the Ecofeminist Imagination"

2013 - Ryanne McEvoy '14, "Q"

2012 - Emily Cohen '12, "Woman with No Navel-Song of Solomon's Room for the Impossible"

2011 - Angela Doran '11, "Sexing the Unsexed with Terror and Mad Laughter"

2022 - Andre Stark '22

2021 - Maalik Dunkley '21

2020 - Maddie Bonin ’20

2019 - Hannah Haines '19

2018 - Elisa Smith '18

2017 - Isabel Goldstein '17

2016 - Cara Kraus-Perrotta '16

2015 - Shannon Keane '15

2014 - Lindsay Camp '14

2013 - Sarah Minney '13

2012 - Monica Ginsberg '12

2011 - Rachelle Oldmixon '11

2022 - Trinity Rollins '22

2021 - Zeynep Inanoglu '21

2015 - Arman Avasia '15

2014 - Arman Avasia '15

2013 - 

2012 - Laura Naparstek '13

2011 - Benjamin Currotto '11, "The Visual Cliff"

2015 - Bryan Perley '15, "Tropic of Solitaire"

2014 - Maya Gittelman '14, "Untitled"

2013 -

2012 - Ben Horton '12, "Long Island"

2011 - Naomi Telushkin '11, "Ashton"

2022 - Emma Stratman '24 "My Shoebox Letter: Dear Afton"

2021 - Given in Memory of Samantha Sasenarine '21: Sophie Wolfman '22 "Fairfield Hills"

2020 - Matthew Clyne '20

2019 - Jessica Pavia '20, "A Bibliography of Remembering"

2018 - Kellina Moore '18, "Waiting Room"

2017 - Zoe Freedman Coleman '17, "Lejos"

2016 - Eliza Dumais '16, "Dear F"

2015 - Jake Musich '15, "Fragments"

2014 - Lindsay Camp '14, "Stains"
2014 - Margaret Kaplan '14, "A Haunting"

2013 - 

2012 - Margo Shickmanter '12, "Shirley"

2011 - Annie Bruckner '11, "Motion of Being"

2020 - Tamar Bordwin '21

2019 - Maria Llona '19

2018 - Sarah Calaman '19

2017 - Clara Moser '17

2016 - Kaitlin Curley Anders '17
2016 - Honorable Mention: Pete O'Connell '16

2015 - Maggie Haas '15

2014 - Matthew Gellman '15

2013 - 

2012 - Jolene Paternoster '12

2011 - Jake Bauer-Anstadt '11