Lancaster – Professors at Ohio University Lancaster often try to find ways to bring the real world into the classroom. But English Professor Scott Minar and his students were pleasantly surprised when one of the poets they were studying in class found a unique way to come into their classroom.
The students in Minar's English 2020 class got a gift from Award-Winning Poet Sherod Santos. Santos sent 25 copies of his book, "The Intricated Soul: New and Selected Poems," to the class in October.
"The books were given to students in my English 2020: Critical Analysis of Poetry and Drama class," said Minar. "I wrote to Professor Santos describing OUL student reactions to his wonderful poem 'The Story,' a piece about the Holocaust and using the literary technique called magical realism. The books arrived a few weeks afterward."
The awards Santos has won include the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize from Poetry magazine, a Pushcart Prize in both poetry and the essay, and the 1984 appointment as Robert Frost Poet at the Frost house in Franconia, New Hampshire. Santos is a recently-retired professor of English at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
"Professor Santos has won just about every major award for poetry writing the country has to offer," said Minar. "I and my students are quite overwhelmed by his kindness and his generosity. He is an amazing man."
In 1999, Santos received an Award for Literary Excellence from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.