Suzan-Lori Parks '85 awarded the prestigious Gish Prize

December 11, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Suzan-Lori Parks Suzan-Lori Parks '85 and MHC Dean of Studies and Lecturer in English Leah Glasser at the Gish Prize ceremony.

MHC alumna Suzan-Lori Parks '85 was recently awarded the Dorothy and Lilian Gish Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the arts recognizing those who make "an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind's enjoyment and understanding of life."

Parks credits her Mount Holyoke College professors for arming her with the skills and confidence she needed to launch her stellar career as a playwright. After being discouraged by a high school English teacher, it was her professors at Mount Holyoke, including Lecturer in English Leah Glasser and Professor John Lemly who sparked a renewed inspiration for literature and writing in Parks.

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