The Luckow Chair

Prof. Sewell named to Luckow Family Endowed Chair in English

Dr. Lisa Sewell

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University is pleased to announce that Lisa Sewell, Ph.D., a professor of English at Villanova, has been appointed to the Luckow Family Endowed Chair in English Literature. The Chair is designed to support a nationally recognized scholar and highly-regarded teacher, enhancing the scholarly reputation of the department, college, and university, as well as advancing the education of Villanova literature students, both undergraduate and graduate. Dr. Sewell will hold the chair for five years.

Dr. Sewell teaches courses in creative writing and contemporary American literature, with a focus on women’s writing, feminist and gender theory, poetry, ecopoetics and twentieth century poetry movements. She was co-director of the Gender and Women’s Studies program from 2008-2016. She is the author of several books, including Impossible Object, which won the 2014 Tenth Gate Prize from The Word Works, and co-editor, with Claudia Rankine, of American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan 2007) and Eleven More American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics Across North America (Wesleyan 2012). She has contributed chapters to collections that focus on 20th and 21st century North American poetry, including A History of Twentieth Century Women's Poetry, which was published by Cambridge in 2016.

She has received grants and awards from the Leeway Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, and held residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Fundacion Valparaiso and The Tyrone Guthrie Center. She has been invited to read her work at Barnard College, Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University, Suffolk University, CalPoly San Luis Obispo, University of the Pacific, Pennsylvania State University Art Museum, Connecticut State University and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Her poem have been widely published in literary journals including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Drunken Boat, Paris Review, Crab Orchard Review, Salamander and many others. As Luckow Chair, she hopes to follow in the footsteps of the previous chair holder by supporting an English Department colloquium series and she hopes to take the work of the chair in a new direction by helping to support the university's new creative writing minor. She also plans to use the support of the chair to further her national visibility by attending international and national artist’s retreats and conferences.

Through their personal interest and The Luckow Family Foundation, Robert W. and Audrey Luckow have distinguished themselves as philanthropists who have generously supported a variety of worthy causes. In addition to providing critical resources to Villanova through endowing the Chair in English and supporting the University's Annual Fund, their gifts have touched the lives of many in significant ways, from ensuring access to top-quality health care to providing spiritual, recreational, and educational opportunities for children in need.

Beyond their kind financial support, Mr. and Mrs. Luckow have contributed to the vitality of the University through their former service on the Parents Executive Committee, the lead parent volunteer group within University Advancement's Parent Program, which works with Villanova's Office of Student Life, Career Center, and Enrollment Management to create strategies to reach more parents and involve them more closely in the life of the University.Through the establishment of The Luckow Family Endowed Chair in English and The Luckow Family Endowed Fund for Scholarships in Education, the Luckow family has bolstered the innovative, mission-driven programs that serve to define the Villanova experience, distinguish the College and the University, and provide students with a solid foundation of Augustinian values and knowledge.

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