A doctoral student in English at Temple University, Darla Ida Himeles ’06 specializes in 20th- and 21st-century American poetry and multiethnic American literature. Her poetry chapbook, Flesh Enough, explores extinction and loss—both animal and human. She also teaches—in Temple’s first-year writing program and in a poetry workshop that exposes students to contemporary poets from a multitude of backgrounds and focuses on the art of revision.
She is also the recipient of the 2018 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, given by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). This award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education, who are committed to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others, and whose work emphasizes teaching and learning. Selected from more than 200 nominations, Himeles accepted the award at an AAC&U meeting where she ran into one of her former professors, President Kim Cassidy (pictured).
“I believe in literature’s power to open minds, shift perspectives, and motivate positive change within a life and beyond it,” Himeles says, “The way we give language to our world, the way we name things, creates opportunities for intellectual, emotional, and spiritual connection between writers and readers, between teachers and students, that can change a life. Such connections have changed mine.”
For her dissertation, she is investigating how Jewish activist and interpretive traditions have shaped American activist poetry in the lyric tradition, particularly with regard to animal rights. She is the recipient of the Laura S. Dabundo Graduate Essay Award at Temple University and associate editor of The Stillwater Review, a lyric-oriented literary journal. Her poems, translations, and essays have been published widely.