Congratulations to Alison Hawthorne Deming, a professor in the Department of English in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, who has been named Regents’ Professors by the Arizona Board of Regents.
The title of Regents’ Professor is the highest level of recognition bestowed on faculty in the Arizona state university system. It recognizes full professors whose work has garnered national and international distinction; no more than 3 percent of faculty can hold the title at any given time.
Deming, who is the Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment and Social Justic, is the author of five books of poetry and four books of nonfiction, including Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, published in 2014. Her new poetry book Stairway to Heaven came out from Penguin in September and her collaboration with photographer Stephen Strom, Death Valley: Painted Light, came out in March. She is also the editor of two anthologies.
Deming is in high-demand for residencies and readings, and has recently been involved with many new projects that bring world-wide honors and acclaim: former director of the national literary magazine, "Orion"; she has received invitations to tour Brazil and Spain and has received writing residencies in Edinburgh, Scotland and a half dozen places in America, including the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
Deming has earned many distinguished honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Bayer Award for Science Writing and her inclusion in Best American Science and Nature Writing.
"I am truly honored to be named a Regents Professor, particularly at this time of so much uncertainty and confusion in our democracy,” Deming said. “As a writer and educator, I believe deeply in the power of language to bridge differences and build empathy. This recognition makes me grateful to be part of a dynamic community that holds such beliefs dear.”