English Department

Leonard Trawick Scholarship in Creative Writing

The Leonard Trawick Scholarship in Creative writing is an award given to a graduate student in creative writing on the basis of artistic and academic merit. Applications are evaluated in March, and the award winner in announced in April, at the department's annual Reception to recognize graduating seniors, masters candidates, and award winners.

The judges for the Leonard Trawick Scholarship in Creative Writing are Professors in the Department of English. Students who would like to apply for this scholarship should submit a cover letter, a copy college transcripts, and samples of creative writing to the English Department by March 1. Graduate students in English in the creative writing concentration, and undergraduate students who are applying for admission to the graduate creative writing program, are eligible to apply.


The Leonard Trawick Scholarship in Creative Writing was created as an endowment from funds contributed by John Gabel, a Cleveland businessman and poet, and Dr. Alberta Turner, Professor Emerita in the English department. Many other faculty, alumni, friends of the University, and poets have contributed funds to this endowment.

Leonard Trawick was Professor in the English department from 1968 to 1998, and as Professor Emeritus is still active in the department as a teacher and editor of poetry. Professor Trawick was a founding member of The Poets' League of Greater Cleveland, and since 1971, as chief editor of the Poetry Center, edited over 120 books of poetry.