Congratulations to Melissa Bradshaw for receiving the prestigious Modern Language Association Book Prize for Independent Scholars for her book Amy Lowell, Diva Poet (Ashgate Publications, 2011). This award, given bi-annually by the most important professional organization in modern language and literature studies, recognizes outstanding achievement in published research. Melissa has published extensively on Lowell, who was once the most popular poet in America. Here she uses the concept of the diva to think about Lowell's critical neglect, recognizing her contributions not only to poetry, but also to feminism and popular culture. Read more about Amy Lowell, Diva Poet in reviews from the Women's Review of Books and Modernist Cultures .
Melissa Bradshaw, faculty member in the Writing Program at Loyola, received her Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her research focuses on publicity, personality, and fandom in twentieth century American literature and popular culture. Her work has appeared in Camera Obscura, Victorian Poetry, and The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York. She is working on a book titled Radiant Affect: Female Poets and the Culture of Celebrity, which takes a broader look at charismatic female poets in early to mid-twentieth century American and British popular culture, such as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and Edith Sitwell.