TTU curriculum and instruction literacy professor wins writing award
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (April 24, 2009) – At Tennessee Tech University, Shannon Collins teaches others how to write, but recently his own writing skills were recognized.
Collins, a professor of literacy education in the College of Education’s curriculum and instruction department and director of the Upper Cumberland Writing Project, won the 2009 Sue Ellen Hudson Excellence in Writing Award from the Tennessee Mountain Writers, Inc.
Collins received the award at the group’s spring conference for his poem “Thinking of Your Oldest.” The award is a “best in show” award and only the first-place winners of the annual writing contest are eligible. Categories for the awards include: fiction, children’s literature, inspiration, nonfiction and poetry.
Collins said, “Seldom does poetry take the Excellence in Writing Award; thus, I am as humbled as I am excited.”
The Tennessee Mountain Writers, Inc. is designed to promote literary arts by providing opportunities for members and the community at large to enhance individual literary skills and appreciation through a broad spectrum of learning experiences.
Collins has had other poems published in the English Journal, Appalachian Heritage, Limestone, and Now and Then.