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Words of Praise

But you know this story about the galoshes

Is really About Your Life, so, like a diver climbing over

the side of a boat and down

Into the ocean, you climb, sentence

By sentence, into this story on the page

Pitt English professor Lynn Emanuel wrote these words in “Like God,” a poem about being a writer. This year, she will continue to climb into the oceans of her poems as the 2009 Elliston Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati, a prestigious position that has been awarded to one accomplished poet each year for more than 50 years. Past Elliston Poets include Robert Frost, Louise Gluck, John Ashbery, and Robert Lowell. In addition to writing, Emanuel—author of four poetry collections—will teach an intensive poetry course and give poetry readings and public lectures. She has been a poetry editor for the Pushcart Prize anthology, a member of the National Endowment for the Arts’ literature panel, and a judge for the National Book Awards. She also is a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.