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Burawa named new CECA director

Award-winning poet and translator Christopher Burawa has joined Austin Peay State University as the new director of the Center for Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA).

Im delighted to be a part of the Austin Peay community and look forward to advancing the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts reputation within the state, regionally and across the country, he said.
Award-winning poet and translator Christopher Burawa has joined Austin Peay State University as the new director of the Center for Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA).

“I'm delighted to be a part of the Austin Peay community and look forward to advancing the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts' reputation within the state, regionally and across the country,” he said.

Burawa has come to Clarksville with his wife, Christina, from Arizona, where he previously served as the communications director and the literary arts director for the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

His book of poetry, “The Small Mystery of Lapses,” won the Cleveland State University First Book Competition in 2005. Burawa was also awarded a Literature Fellowship for Translation from the National Endowment of the Arts in 2007. His translations of contemporary Icelandic poet Johann Hajalmarsson will be published later this year.

The CECA, a one-of-a-kind program in Tennessee, produces more than 100 visual art, creative writing, music and theater activities each year. Burawa officially took the helm of the center Jan. 2. He can be reached by phone at the center at (931) 221-7876 or by e-mail at burawac@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth