Mark Halliday

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Mark Halliday named Distinguished Professor

Mark Halliday, English professor, has been named the 2011 Distinguished Professor.

Halliday, who has been at Ohio University in the Creative Writing program since 1996, is an internationally recognized authority on poetry.

"Dr. Halliday is a truly distinguished poet, having in the past received numerous awards of great distinction, such as a Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship," said Marsha Dutton, department chair and English professor. "His work is published in significant literary journals in the U.S. and around the world and appears regularly in anthologies of poetry.  He has real authority as a poet and therefore as a judge of poetry."

A productive writer of both poetry and essays on poetry, Halliday's books of poems are:  "Little Star," a National Poetry Series selection; "Tasker Street," winner of the Juniper Prize;  "Selfwolf"; "Jab"; and "Keep This Forever." Halliday’s book on Wallace Stevens, "Stevens and the Interpersonal," was published by Princeton University Press in 1991.  Also in 1991, Johns Hopkins University Press published "The Sighted Singer," a book on poetics co-authored by Allen Grossman and Halliday. 

Halliday also has published essays on the poetry of Claire Bateman, Anne Carson, Joshua Clover, Carl Dennis, Wayne Dodd, Kenneth Fearing, Allen Grossman, Tony Hoagland, August Kleinzahler, David Kirby, Kenneth Koch, Michael Laskey, Larry Levis, Kevin Prufer, Mary Ruefle, Stevie Smith and James Tate.

Halliday is recognized by his colleagues as not just a productive academic, but as an insightful and challenging teacher to his students.

"Dr. Halliday brings a great deal to the department because of his inherent distinction; his colleagues and students (both creative writers and non-creative writers) benefit from his knowledge, his insight, and his ability to work thoughtfully with students at all levels," said Dutton. "The department is of course pleased to have another Distinguished Professor among us."

Born in 1949, Halliday earned his B.A. at Brown University in 1971, an M.A. in creative writing at Brown in 1976, and a Ph.D. in English literature at Brandeis University in 1983.  He has taught English at two high schools and five colleges; since 1996, he has taught at Ohio University in the creative writing program.

Halliday has received numerous awards for his work. In 1998-2000, Halliday held a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Foundation Writer’s Award.  In 2001-2002, Halliday lived at the American Academy in Rome as a winner of the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  In 2006, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship.

"The honor itself, of course, is of less significance to us than the reason for which it has been granted—Professor Halliday's distinction as a writer and his renown at Ohio University and beyond," said Dutton. "Being named a Distinguished Professor acknowledges and celebrates that distinction and renown but does not alter it. We are delighted for him because he deserves the honor, and we continue to be grateful for his presence and work among us."