Congratulations to WMU alumnus Dr. Nathanael O'Reilly, who has won a $10,000 Emerging Writer Grant from the Australia Council in acknowledgement both of his current success as a published poet and of his potential as an important voice in Australian cultural life. Earlier this year, Nat's first poetry collection, Symptoms of Homesickness, was published by Picaro Press.
Nat serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at the University of Texas, Tyler, where he teaches courses postcolonial theory, British literature, and Australian literature.
Here's a brief biography, taken from Nat's departmental web page: "Nathanael O’Reilly teaches composition and literature. He holds a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, with specializations in Postcolonial literature and theory, British and Irish modernism, and Contemporary Australian literature. Dr. O’Reilly has taught a variety of composition courses, ranging from basic writing to advanced expository writing, and literature courses covering British, Irish, Australian, Postcolonial and American literature. His criticism and poetry have been published in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and the South Pacific. He is the Vice-President of the American Association of Australian Literary Studies and a member of the Modern Language Association and the American Studies Association."