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Monday, May 18, 2009

Stained-Glass Ceiling Broken

The 301-year tradition of men holding the post of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University has been broken. There is no one holding that position now...no, that was a subversive joke. The position is now held by Ruth Padel, great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin. According to her web site bio:

Ruth Padel is a prize-winning British poet who also writes acclaimed non-fiction. Uniquely, she is a Fellow both of the Royal Society of Literature and the Zoological Society of London, a Member both of the Royal Geographical Society and Bombay Natural History Society. She has won the UK National Poetry Competition; individual poems from her seven collections have been widely anthologized, broadcast, and shortlisted for all major British prizes.

Bonus! Ruth Padel's great-great grandfather may want to weigh in on this recent discovery.

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