Lisa Williams, assistant professor of English at Centre College, has received a 2004 award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Williams won a prestigious Rome Fellowship in Literature. The annual award goes to emerging artists working in architecture, landscape, design, historic preservation and conservation, literature, musical composition, or visual arts.
The award provides a one-year residency at the American Academy in Rome, a center that sustains independent artistic pursuits and humanistic studies. Williams will return to her faculty position at Centre in the fall of 2005.
Williams is one of just two writers to receive the Rome Prize this year. Each writer in the running for the prize is nominated by a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters. This prize has gone to some of America's best-known authors, including Anthony Hecht, William Styron, Anne Sexton, A.R. Ammons, Harold Brodkey, Walter Clemons, Richard Wilbur, Ralph Ellison and John Ciardi.