For the duration of his time at Texas State, Dr. Blair will keep the title “Distinguished Professor.” Along with the title, he will receive a one-time $5,000 cash award, a commemorative medallion, and recognition during the fall convocation. In addition, he will be considered by the Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents for the Regents’ Professor Award.
Dr. Blair came to Texas State University in 1989. He is a professor in the English Department and directs the undergraduate creative writing program. His collection of short stories American Standard was the 22nd winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and his third poetry collection, Playful Song Called Beautiful, is the 2015 winner of the Iowa Poetry Award. Among his other literary prizes are the Sewanee Review’s Andrew Lytle Prize for Fiction, the Texas Institute of Letters’ Helen C. Smith Award for Poetry, the Phoebe Winter Fiction Prize, the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry, and a nomination for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award.
Dr. Blair says that he is “very happy and grateful” for the opportunity to work and teach at Texas State. He is currently working on his fourth book of poetry, with the working title Misericordia.
–Gloria Russell, English major