July 2006

Emerita professor of English publishes new book of poetry

By: Shannon Chapla

Sonia GernesSonia Gernes, professor emerita of English at the University of Notre Dame, has published a book of new and selected poems titled “What you Hear in the Dark.”

Published by Notre Dame Press, the book gathers the best of Gernes’ previous books of poetry and builds on their themes with three sections of new poems that give lyric voice to the thoughts and questions that surface during the midnight hours, such as the value of life, time and mortality, and struggles with belief.  Gernes is convinced that we find the universal by going deeply and authentically into the personal, and her poems detail the small human dramas that reveal us to ourselves.

Gernes, who joined Notre Dame’s Department of English in 1975, has taught courses in creative writing, American literature and gender studies, and was one of the founders of the Gender Studies Program.  She is the author of a novel, “The Way to St. Ives,” and three other books of poetry, “Women at Forty,” “Brief Lives” and “A Breeze Called the Fremantle Doctor.”

A winner of the Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Notre Dame Faculty Award, and the Notre Dame Presidential Award, Gernes has been a Lilly fellow, a Fulbright senior lecturer, and has held an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.

Contact Sonia Gernes at sgernes@nd.edu

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