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Austin Segrest, recipient of the 2022 Faculty Convocation Award, saw his debut book, Door to Remain, garner significant praise even before it hit bookshelves this spring.

The book of poetry from the Lawrence University assistant professor of English took home the 2021 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize last year. Published by University of North Texas Press, the deeply personal book presents poems focused on Segrest’s mother, Susu, who died in 2003 when he was 23, and his time growing up in Alabama.

Segrest, whose poetry also can be found in Poetry, The Yale Review, The Threepenny Review, Ecotone, New England Review, and Ploughshares, will deliver the Honors Convocation address at 12:30 p.m. May 27 in Memorial Chapel.

He has been teaching at Lawrence since 2014, first as a visiting professor and for the last three years as an assistant professor of English. He teaches classes in poetry writing and literature, as well as First-Year Studies.

Segrest earned a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, an MFA in poetry at Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing (poetry) at the University of Missouri.




The Honors Convocation celebrates the more than 125 students and five faculty and staff who will be honored on Wednesday evening as part of the annual Honors Awards Ceremony and Reception.

The student awards include academic awards from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music, as well as awards from student life and athletics leadership. Also being recognized are members of the Mortar Board, the senior honor society; Pi Kappa Lambda, music honor society; and Phi Beta Kappa, the most prestigious academic honor society for seniors.

Five faculty or staff will be applauded for their contributions to the student experience.

The 2022 Honors Awards and Prizes program is attached as the download

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