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Lamar University
Jerry Bradley
News Release
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Culture group honors Lamar’s Bradley with leadership award

Jerry Bradley, professor of English at Lamar University, is the 2009 recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award, presented by the Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association.

Bradley, a Lamar faculty member since 2001, will receive the honor at the association’s 30th annual conference Feb. 25-28 at the Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel in Albuquerque, N.M.

He is being honored for his many years of work building the creative-writing area of the association and for serving as its chair, said Philip Heldrich, executive director of the association.

Bradley will accept the award at the association’s 30th-anniversary high tea Feb. 27.

Participants from across the country and around the world will attend the conference, whose theme is “Reeling in the Years: 30 Years of Film, TV and Popular Culture, 1979-2009.”

Bradley is the author of four books, including “The Movement: British Poets of the 1950s” (a book of criticism, published by Macmillan) and “Simple Versions of Disaster” (poetry, University of North Texas Press), which was commended by the Dictionary of Literary Biography.

A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Bradley was chosen as the 2005 Frances Hernandez Teacher-Scholar of the Year by the Conference of College Teachers of English and the 2000 Joe D. Thomas Scholar-Teacher of the Year by the Texas College English Association.

Bradley is a past president of the Southwest Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association, which previously honored him by establishing the Jerry Bradley Award for Creative Writing. He is president of the Conference of College Teachers of English and past president of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers.

The Midwestern State University College of Liberal Arts named him its Outstanding Alumnus in 2002.

A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Bradley is the 1996 winner of the Boswell Poetry Prize and the 1997 rhymed poetry and 1998 unrhymed poetry contests sponsored by the Panhandle Professional Writers. He received the 1996 British Literature Award from the College Conference of Teachers of English. His poetry has appeared in literary magazines including the New England Review, American Literary Review, Modern Poetry Studies, Poetry Magazine and Southern Humanities Review.

The current poetry editor of the Concho River Review, Bradley was founder and editor for 16 years of the New Mexico Humanities Review. He has also served on the Texas Commission on the Arts’ literature panel.

He is the author of more than 150 published stories and poems and has more than 30 critical articles and 80 reviews to his credit, also receiving more than 40 grants to support his literary activities.

“Since our founding by Dr. Peter C. Rollins in the 1970s to create a forum for the interdisciplinary study of popular culture and the Southwestern region, we have grown to represent 70-plus areas of focus in the fields of popular and American culture,” said Heldrich, the executive director.

“In 30 years, we have built a reputation for excellence and fostered a spirit of creative thinking. The work of our participants over this time has contributed significantly to the greater understanding of our world, its diverse cultures and our most complex issues.”






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