Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Congrats to alum Ida Stewart

Congratulations to Ida Stewart (BA 2004) for winning the 2011 Perugia Press Prize for a First or Second Book by a Woman! An awkward name, perhaps, but a wonderful award that you can learn more about by clicking right here. After gracing us with her presence, Ida went on to the MFA program at Ohio State (oops: I mean The Ohio State University) and is now completing a PhD at the University of Georgia. As you may recall, Ida was one of the best of the best here at WVU: an Outstanding Senior in both the Honors College and Eberly College and, drum roll please, an Order of Augusta recipient. She also won the Waitman Barbe Contest for poetry and, after she completed her BA, took grad workshop with both Jim Harms and me before moving on to OSU.

This honor for one of our grads is especially meaningful now as many of us head to AWP this weekend in DC to hobnob (oh yeah) and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MFA program—and, clearly, the success of our former undergrad creative writers too.

On a personal note and by way of anecdotal evidence of just how terrific Ida is, I have to say, too, that she was a well above average cat-sitter and my pretty-famous Key Lime pie is, I admit, from her recipe.

So thank you, Ida, and congratulations! This piece of pie, with its rather fancy whipped cream topping and jaunty lime, is just for you.

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