An essay written by Dr. Ruth Caillouet, chair, Department of Teacher Education and associate professor of English Education at Clayton State University, has been selected as the recipient of a national award.
The Virginia Hamilton Essay Award was established in 1991, and recognizes a journal article published in a given year which makes a significant contribution to professional literature concerning multicultural literary experiences for youth. The award is given annually at the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature, held at Kent State University each spring.
Caillouet’s article, "To Be Young, Gifted, Black, and Lesbian: Wyeth and Woodson, Models for Saving a Life," was selected as the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award.
The Essay Award for each year is announced in the year it is selected but presented the following year. As the award recipient Caillouet will receive a plaque, a $100 honorarium, $250 toward her travel, and an invitation to the 2013 conference, to be held at Kent State on Apr. 4 and Apr. 5, 2013.
The Virginia Hamilton Conference Board reads numerous articles each year before selecting that one that they feel deserves recognition. For more information on the conference check the website at http://dept.kent.edu/virginiahamiltonconf/.