Maria C. Roberts
Adjunct Instructor of English
Mason Hall 222F
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Degrees: MA, 2005, Hofstra Univ; BA, 1999, Hofstra Univ; AA, 1997, SUNY Nassau CC
Connie Roberts’ poetry has been published in journals in the United States and Europe, including The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, Irish Pages, The Irish Times and THE SHOp. She was a finalist in the Strokestown International Poetry Competition in 2001 and the Dana Awards in 2003. In 2009 she was nominated for the Hennessy X.O. Literary Award. In 2010 Professor Roberts won first prize in the Dromineer Literary Festival Poetry Competition and her book-length manuscript, Not the Delft School, a collection of poetry inspired by her experiences growing up in an industrial school in Ireland, was awarded the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. In addition that year, she was awarded a space in the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. In 2011, she received a Literature Bursary Award from the Irish Arts Council. Prof. Roberts teaches creative writing at Hofstra, including a general introductory course and a poetry writing course. She is also part of Hofstra’s Irish Studies program. In September, 2011 she was selected as a recipient of the prestigious George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award at Hofstra University.