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Banks Awards

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the English Department’s 2021-2022 Banks Awards.

In each English class across the academic year, one paper or essay or story or poem may be nominated by the professor, and the nominations this year were excellent, as ever. To then select the year’s standout work in each category is a difficult proposition for the faculty judges of the Banks Awards. 

We are proud to celebrate the following achievements:

  • 100- and 200-level Rhetoric and Composition: Grant Olson, “Decay” (nominated by Milo Muise) and Ainsley Hipsak, “Repetition: the Key to Memorization” (nominated by Natalie Kinkade)
  • 200-level Professional Writing: Kara Dittman, Best Multimedia Project (nominated by Karen Thompson)
  • 300- and 400-level Professional Writing: Kaitlyn Huff, Best Usability Test Report  (nominated by Karen Thompson)
  • 200- and 300-level Literature: Cooper Trail, “Grey Areas: Questions and Illusion in Nella Larsen's Passing” (nominated by Jennifer Ladino)
  • 400-level Literature: Rheanna Fisher, “Queer Ties That Bind: Restrictive and Liberated Queer Affect in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” (nominated by Tara MacDonald)
  • Linguistics and Literacy, all levels: Jennifer Lopez, "The Language of my Ancestors" (Nominated by Bal Sharma)
  • Poetry, all levels: Chloe Hansen, “Park” (nominated by Mike McGriff)
  • Creative Nonfiction, all levels: Nico Jamison, “Mox Nox” (nominated by Jamaica Ritcher)
  • Fiction, all levels: Olivia Dow, “Medusoid" (nominated by Jess Arndt)

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156


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