A Fulbright Award has been given to an Associate Professor of English at UCM.  Wayne Miller believes his interest in cities made him a strong candidate for the the chance to teach at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Listen to the Newsmaker segment Friday morning at 7:25 to hear more from Wayne Miller.

Press Release from the University of Central Missouri

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.)—Wayne Miller, associate professor of English at the University of Central Missouri since 2002, has received a Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing Fulbright Award to enable him to lecture, research, and write, at Queen’s University, Belfast, on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating world-wide.

Created by treaty in 1948, the US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university.

The Commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.

Miller is the author of three poetry collections: The City, Our City, The Book of Props, and Only the Senses Sleep. He also co-translated Moikom Zeqo’s I Don’t Believe in Ghosts from Albanian and co-edited both New European Poets and Tamura Ryuichi: On the Life & Work of a 20th Century Master.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Wayne received a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from the University of Houston. In the interim he worked as a paralegal for the District Attorney’s Office in New York City.

He now lives with his wife and daughter in Kansas City and is an associate professor at the University of Central Missouri, where he edits Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing (& Reviews). As a Fulbright Scholar, he will be teaching, working on his fourth collection of poems, and editing a feature on emerging UK and Irish writers for Pleiades.

“I feel really honored,” Miller said. “The Fulbright program has such a distinguished history—it’s validating to join the ranks of so many extraordinary past and present Scholars. The time I’ll spend in Belfast will be wonderfully valuable for my writing, for my thinking about the cultural and historical connections between cities, and for my understanding of the relationships between American and UK/Irish poetries. I’m also thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside the terrific and important writers at the Seamus Heaney Centre—this sort of cultural and literary exchange with prominent non-American writers and thinkers will be an invaluable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The Fulbright Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

Nearly 300,000 men and women from all over the world have participated in the Fulbright program. Of these alumni, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and 12,000 US nationals in the UK on Fulbright educational exchange programs.

Notable alumni of the US-UK Commission include: Malcolm Bradbury, novelist; Liam Byrne, politician; Milton Friedman, economist and Nobel Prize Winner 1976; Charles Kennedy, politician; John Lithgow, actor; Tarik O’Regan, composer; Sylvia Plath, poet;
Lord William Wallace, politician; Ian Rankin, novelist; Sir Christopher Rose QC, judge;
Baroness (Shirley) Williams, politician; Vanessa Heaney, journalist BBC World Service; and Toby Young, journalist and playwright.

The Commission is funded partially by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK and the US Department of State, with additional support coming from a variety of individual and institutional partners including many leading UK universities and an annual contribution from the Scottish Government.

For more information, visit www.fulbright.org.uk.