Women and Gender Studies Program

Professor Nancy Gish honored by Association of Scottish Literary Studies

Nancy Gish performing the Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie's poem "The Queen of Sheba."

Nancy Gish, Professor of English and founding Director of the USM Women and Gender Studies Program, has just been named as an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. The award is in recognition and admiration of the valued and major contribution she has made to the support and enrichment of the tradition of Scottish literature. Her publications on Scottish literature began with a 1984 book on Hugh MacDiarmid, which was reviewed in the London Review of Books, and include important essays on the contemporary Scottish poets Liz Lochhead and Jackie Kay.

The Fellowship will be awarded at a small, informal reception at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland in late April.

Through her classes, Professor Gish has long offered students here at WGS a window to international poetry and the feminist issues it confronts. We are very pleased for the honor she brings to USM and to our program.

This past spring, Prof. Gish was recognized by her peers on the Women and Gender Studies Council with an award named in her honor. The Nancy K. Gish Award for Excellence in Feminist Social, Intellectual, Political, or Cultural Practice was dedicated as such for Gish's work as a sustaining force of feminist academics and engagement on campus, in the community, and in the world.