Neil Carpathios has been awarded the 2014 OAC Individual Excellence Award for poetry.
Poet Neil Carpathios, associate professor of English and coordinator of Creative Writing at Shawnee State University, has been awarded the 2014 Individual Excellence Award for poetry from the Ohio Arts Council.
Each year different categories are selected and this year poets from around the state vied for the award of $5,000 that is given to recognize exceptional merit in the field of poetry.
The selection process is highly competitive and less than 10 percent of applicants receive awards. The awards recognize creativity and imagination that exemplifies the highest level of achievement in a particular discipline and advances the art form.
Individual Excellence Awards give the artists who receive them the time and resources to experiment, explore and reflect as they develop their skills and advance their art form.
The Individual Excellence Awards also acknowledges the excellent work of Ohio artists. A competitive application process focusing solely on evidence and merit of past artistic work, and an open panel review conducted by nationally recognized professionals in each discipline, ensure that only the most exceptional individuals receive funding.
Carpathios is the author of eight poetry collections and this is his third individual Excellence Award.