Travisano Honored with Wandersee Award

May 20, 2010

Professor of English Thomas Travisano has been chosen as Hartwick College’s 2010-11 Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar-In-Residence. He was honored May 13 during Hartwick College’s annual Honors Convocation ceremony.

The award is given annually in memory of Professor of History and Chair of the Faculty Dr. Winifred Wandersee, who lost her heroic battle with cancer in 1994. Among her many contributions to Hartwick, Wandersee is credited with shepherding the scholar-in-residence program that is named in her honor. Winners of the award are given financial support for their scholarly or artistic projects and research, and are given the opportunity to present their work to the campus community through lectures and classroom visits.

Throughout the 2010-11 academic year, Travisano will focus on a new critical biography of Elizabeth Bishop. “It is a project for which he is perfectly poised,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael G. Tannenbaum said in announcing Travisano’s appointment, "having developed a reputation over the better part of the past three decades as a foremost scholar of Bishop’s life and works.”

Travisano has published numerous articles and book chapters focusing on Bishop and her contemporaries. Most notably, he has edited two volumes of The New Anthology of American Poetry, with a third volume on the way, and Words in Air: The Complete Letters of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.

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