Poetry professor wins Oregon Arts Commission fellowship

Stephanie Lenox, a visiting assistant professor of English at Willamette University, was one of 13 artists in the state to earn a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.

More than 70 artists applied for this year's fellowships, which provide a $3,000 award to performers and writers of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability, professional achievement and continuing dedication to an artistic discipline.

Lenox teaches poetry at Willamette, and she plans to use the grant to create new poems inspired by the birth of her daughter, Iris.

She has earned numerous nominations for the prestigious Pushcart Prize, and she has been published in a variety of literary journals, including the "Atlanta Review" and "Burnside Review." She was also included in the 2006 anthology "Best New Poets." Lenox co-founded and edits "Blood Orange Review," a quarterly online journal of literature and art, and her first full-length book of poetry, "Congress of Strange People," is forthcoming from Airlie Press in 2012.