Virginia Brackett, Ph.D, serves as an Associate Professor of English, Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Degree with Honors Program (www.park.edu/honors) at Park University. She also directs the Park University Ethnic Voices Poetry Series (www.park.edu/ethnicpoetry). Professional recognition includes Outstanding Faculty Awards in 2006 and 2008; the 2010 Park University Distinguished Humanities Faculty Award; the 2010 Kenneth E. Bateman outstanding alum award from Pittsburg State University; and the Missouri Campus Compact Community Engagment Professional of the year for 2011. Brackett has published more than 120 articles for both adult and young adults and her 14 books have received various citations. Her first book, "Elizabeth Cary: Writer of Conscience" (Morgan Reynolds) was included in the 1997 "New York Library Catalog of Recommended Reading for Teens". "Restless Genius: The Story of Virginia Woolf" (Morgan Reynolds) was a recommended feminist book for youth by the Amelia Bloomer Project, (Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table, American Library Assoc.), 2005; a PSLA YA Top Forty Nonfiction 2004 Title, and was included in the "Writers of Imagination" series, Tristate Series of Note, 2005. "A Home in the Heart: The Story of Sandra Cisneros" (Morgan Reynolds) was a Tristate Book of Note and included in the PSLA YA Top Forty Nonfiction 2004 Titles. "The Facts on File Companion to the British Novel: Beginnings through the 19th Century" is a recommended purchase for libraries by the publication "Choice". Additional books for Facts on File (now Infobase publishing) are "The Facts on File Companion to 16th and 17th-Century British Poetry" (2008) and "How to Write About the Brontës" (2008). The poetry companion was named "Editors Choice: Reference Sources 2008 " by "Booklist". A "Companion to Mary Shelley" was published in 2012 following two years of researching and writing, during which time Brackett learned that Shelley did, indeed, write much more than just "Frankenstein"! Brackett published her first e-book, "Angela and the Gray Mare", in 2012 as a great foray into the creative field that allows her to burst into the 21st century, much to the amusement of her offspring and her students. Brackett also holds degrees in Business and Medical Technology.
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