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The annual Peter Burton Hanson Writing Awards are named in the honor and the memory of English alumnus Peter Burton Hanson (SSH ’91), who perished along with his wife, Sue Kim, and young daughter, Christine Lee, aboard United Airlines 175, on September 11, 2001. Peter’s life and values are remembered through these events and awards. The Department of English is deeply grateful to Peter’s parents, Lee and Eunice Hanson, for their generosity in endowing the Peter Burton Hanson Lecture and Writing Awards.

peter burton hanson with wife and daughter

Awards for Scholarly, Creative, and Other Works in 2020

In the Category of Scholarly Writing

Winner: Michael Davis
“Self-Portraits: Re-Collecting the Self through Comics” 
Written for Dr. Hillary Chute in ENGL 2301 The Graphic Novel, Fall 2020 

In the Category of Creative Writing

Winner: Nicole Page
“my mother held me when i was born”
Written for Dr. Ellen Noonan in HONR Slam Poetry and Social Justice, Fall 2020

In the Category of “Other” work

Winner: Kayleigh Birney
“The Side Door: Creating a Musical Escape Route for the Women of Shakespeare”
Written for Dr. Erika Boeckeler in ENGL 1600 Introduction to Shakespeare

Honorable Mention: Kaitlin Kerr
“Imagining Othello Through Embroidery”
Written for Dr. Erika Boeckeler in ENGL 1600 Introduction to Shakespeare