Loyola University Chicago

College of Arts & Sciences

Spotlight On: Melissa Bradshaw

Melissa Bradshaw, Senior Lecturer in English and Coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum program, has been named a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in support of her work on a digital scholarly edition of the letters of the Imagist poet Amy Lowell.

We focus this week’s spotlight on Melissa Bradshaw, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program at Loyola University Chicago, who has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship to support work on the Amy Lowell Letters Project (ALLP), a project leading to digital publication of the first scholarly edition of the correspondence of American poet Amy Lowell.

Bradshaw was named as a recipient of the NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, an NEH partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support scholarship in digital formats.

The ALLP is an open-access, digital scholarly edition of the letters of American Imagist poet, editor, and critic Amy Lowell (1874–1925). The project, led by Bradshaw, transcribes, annotates, and encodes letters written by Lowell. At the time of her death in 1925, Lowell was one of the most celebrated and sought-after authors in America, and her tempestuous public readings drew crowds of thousands.

Lowell’s letters offer insights into public and private battles surrounding modern poetry and provide a sense of her role in the development and dissemination of experimental poetics. Her letters show her in conversation with some of the best-known American and European poets of the early twentieth century, discussing and usually arguing about works now considered canonical. 

“Melissa Bradshaw’s NEH Fellowship is an affirmation of her innovative, interdisciplinary research and teaching,” says Peter J. Schraeder, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “This work in the digital humanities, bringing together humanists and computer scientists, is an exciting example of how our faculty creatively employ new technologies and research tools.”

Bradshaw developed this project with the help of English and graduate students working through the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, including Ericka Christie, Xiamara Hohman, Samantha Lepak, Caroline McCraw, Prakruti Maniar, Danielle Richards, Wren Romero, Zach Stella, and Xiaolin Sun. The Center explores the ways in which digital applications, platforms, sources, and tools can transform how we ask and try to answer age-old humanistic questions.