Faculty Profile for Mr. Cyrus Cassells III

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Mr. Cyrus Cassells III
Professor — English
FH M-14
phone: (512) 245-3799

Biography Section

Biography and Education

I am the author of eight books of poetry (six published and two forthcoming), which have garnered several awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the Lambda Literary Award. In 2019 I published a book of translations of Catalan poet Francesc Parcerisas. I am a Pulitzer-Prize nominated cultural critic for The Washington Spectator. I have been an English professor at Texas State for 21 years. January 2017 marked the 30th anniversary of my teaching career at the college level. I am currently a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry.

Research Interests

Classical and Mediterranean History, African-American History and Culture, Catalan, French, and Italian language and culture, Human Rights issues, Spirituality

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Cassells, C. (n.d.). The World That The Shooter Left Us. New York, NY, United States: Four Way Books. Retrieved from https://fourwaybooks.com/site/
  • Cassells, C. (2020). More Than Watchmen at Daybreak. Syracuse, NY, US: Nine Mile Art Corporation.
  • Cassells, C. (2019, December 30). “Altitude.” Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day. New York, NY, United States: Academy of American Poets. Retrieved from https://poets.org/poem/altitude-0
  • Cassells, C. C. (Trans.). (2019). Still Life With Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas. Nacogdoches, Texas, United States: Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Retrieved from www.sfasu.edu/sfapress/
  • Cassells, C. (2018). The Gospel according to Wild Indigo: Poems. Carbondale, Illinois, U. S.: Southern Illinois University Press.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Nominee: Texas State Artist-Poet Laureate, http://www.arts.texas.gov/initiatives/texas-state-artist/. December 2020 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translated Book of 2018-2019 for Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas, Texas Institute of Letters. December 2019 - March 2020
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, Pulitzer Prize Committee. January 2019 - April 2019
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Excellence Award, English Department nominee, Texas State University. December 2020 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Induction into the Texas Institute of Letters, Texas Institute of Letters. January 2020 - Present

Selected Grants

  • Cassells, Cyrus (Principal). 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $55000. (Submitted: September 17, 2018, Funded: January 7, 2020 - July 2020). Grant.
  • Cassells, Cyrus C.. Two-Week Resident Poetry Fellowship in Taos, New mexico, Mabel Dodge Luhan Foundation, $400.00. (Funded: January 1, 2019 - January 15, 2019). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

William Merwin Conservancy Residency Planning Committee
January 2021-Present
Texas Institute of Letters: Dobie-Paisano Resident Fellowship
January 2021-Present
Editorial Review Board Member
Nine Mile Magazine
February 2019-Present
Jury for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry
May 2017-December 2021
September 2020-May 2021