NEW YORK, NY – Roberto Chavez, a Dyson College history major, was awarded the first Kelly Herbert Writing Award for his poem “Not in This Neighborhood” on May 4 at the annual NYC English Writing Awards ceremony on Pace University’s New York City campus.
This new award was endowed by Julie Hanus; it is administered by the Pace Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Ally (LGBTQA) student, staff, faculty, and alumni Task Force. The award was named after a Pace alumna, Kelly Herbert, who was a NYC English/Women’s and Gender Studies major. While at Pace, she also won a prestigious English Dept. writing award: The David A. Bickimer—Promise of Learnings /Academy of American Poets Prize, established through the Academy of American Poets by John Ashbery, a world-renowned poet and translator, and a friend of Pace.
Now Manager of the Pace Counseling Center, Herbert is also a Co-Chair of the LGBTQA Task Force, which has chosen the English Department awards ceremony to present this prize each year, inviting current Pace students to submit writing. The Task Force chooses the winner from entries in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, or nonfiction essays about LGBTQA issues and topics. The `$1000 award is given to a student who demonstrates excellence.
“The NYC English Dept. is extremely proud to be chosen as the host of this award. It is emblematic of the tremendous responsibility we have in the Pace community to welcome, support, and praise the work of the Pace LGBTQA student, staff, faculty, and alumni Task Force,” said Director of Writing, Eugene Richie.