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Five Students Receive the 2018 Roy Crane Award for Their Achievements in the Literary Arts

June 7, 2018

The Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts has been given to five students in the category of the literary arts. The award rotates annually between performing, literary, and visual arts, and all undergraduate and graduate students at UT Austin from any major or area of study may compete for the award.

This year nearly 200 applications were submitted and then identified as being in one of three subcategories: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

2018 Roy Crane Award recipients:


John Bosworth, undergraduate (junior), Plan II Honors, English Honors​

  • ​Poems: “A Boy Can Wear A Dress,” “Bedtime Story,” “Seven Plagues,” “Written on the Winter Palms,” and “Fox Bellies”

Yuki Tanaka, graduate student, writing

  • Poems: “Homecoming,” “Prognosis at Midnight,” “Ghost in Waiting,” “Evidence of Nocturne,” and “I Was Born in a Mountain Next to My Brother”

Runner-up: Annelyse Gelman, graduate student, writing

  • Poems: “Search,” “Vixen,” “The Center,” “Spooky Town,” and “Equus”


Ifeoluwa Bada, undergraduate (senior), psychology

  • “Tips and Guidelines to Speaking English,” “The Waco Horror,” and “Bruised Hair”

Creative Non-fiction

Chido Muchemwa, graduate student, information studies

  • “Finding Home”

Each recipient received a monetary award of up to $1,500.

To be considered for the award a student must be nominated by a faculty member, and submit an application and a portfolio. The selection committee was chaired by Elizabeth McCracken, professor in the Department of English.

The 2019 Roy Crane Award will be given in the visual arts.

Click here for more information about the award and how to nominate.