Friends of Rutgers English Spring/Summer 2005

Inside This Issue
John Belton Wins a Guggenheim
From the Chair
Marianne DeKoven Wins Research Award
Beyond the Classroom: Reading Groups
Stacy Klein Wins Research Fellowship
Brent Hayes Edwards Wins Library Fellowship
Richard Koszarski on New Jersey’s Film History
A New Film Library
New Faculty Profile: Veena Kumar
Writers at Rutgers: Jean Valentine
Writers at Rutgers: C. K. Williams
Wesley Brown Retires
A Dramatic Farewell to Wesley Brown
A History of Rutgers English: Part 4
A History of Douglass English
Student Awards Bring Out the Best
The Burian Award
The Enid Dame Poetry Prize
A New Graduate Seminar
In Memoriam: Lexi Rutnitsky
Graduate Student Placement
Howard Travel Fellowships
Plangere Center Expands
Alumni Offer Career Advice
Thanks to Our Interns
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In Memoriam: Lexi Rudnitsky
By Professor Marianne DeKoven

With shock and deep sadness, we mourn the sudden death in January of Lexi Rudnitsky, a first-year graduate student in our Department. She was here so briefly that none of us got to know her very well, certainly not as well as we wanted to, but those of us who did know her will never forget her brilliance, energy, wit, generosity, forthright honesty, and superb writing. Her joy in life was everywhere apparent, in her presence, her writing, her relations with others in the Graduate Program, and especially in her baby Samuel, who was born last October. She was a gifted poet – her first book of poetry had just been accepted for publication when she died; it will appear in the fall. Her essays on Sylvia Plath, written for my class, were stunningly brilliant. She was planning to write her dissertation on Muriel Rukeyser; an article of hers on Rukeyser has just been accepted, posthumously, by Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. The loss to her family, as was apparent at the memorial we held for her on February 18, is beyond imagining. Her husband, the writer Alexander Stille, knows a great deal about her project on Rukeyser, and plans to publish a version of what she would have written. We miss her terribly and will always remember her.

According to her obituary, remembrances may be made to the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project, c/o Wainwright Bank & Trust Co., One Church St., Watertown, MA 02472, a charitable foundation in her name to support young women poets.

An Informal Tribute to Lexi Rudnitsky














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