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English Professor Wins Second BRIO Award

June 13, 2011

Professor Anna Purves

Professor Anna Purves (English) has won her second BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) award. The honor is bestowed on Bronx-based artists and includes a $3,000 cash award.

An artist and writer, she won for her recently completed novel, Elena and the Minotaur, a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth in which Princess Elena, instead of Theseus, defeats the monstrous Minotaur of Crete. She won her first BRIO in 2004 for poetry.

"This is really a wonderful honor from a wonderful organization," says Professor Purves, whose photography was featured in the recent "Photographing Woodlawn" exhibit at the Lehman College Art Gallery. "The Bronx really does a great job of supporting its artists, more than any other borough."

She holds a B.A. in studio art from Smith College, with a focus on book making, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.