Professor of English and poet Ann Townsend has been honored with an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Townsend was recognized for a collection of her poetry.

Individual Excellence Awards are peer recognition of a creative artist’s body of work that exemplifies their specific discipline and advances the larger artistic community. These awards support artists’ growth and development and recognize their work in Ohio and beyond. Each award is $5,000.

More than 1,000 applications were accepted in each category: choreography, criticism, fiction and non-fiction, music composition, playwriting/screenplays, and poetry. Townsend is one of only 20 poets who were honored. Overall, 75 artists were recognized.

February 17, 2020