Thomas Lux, Bourne Professor of Poetry in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, is a recipient of the first annual Governor's Award for the Arts and Humanities.
Lux was one of twelve recipients recognized by Governor Nathan Deal for significant contributions to Georgia's civic and cultural vitality through service to the humanities or excellence in the arts during an award ceremony held at the State Capitol on October 16, 2012. The awards recognize demonstrated lifetime achievements and the value of the arts and humanities in the creation of a thriving economy.
Lux is the author of more than seventeen books and a founder of Poetry at Tech, which brings influential poets to campus to read their work and teach classes. Lux also organizes and offers free writing workshops to the community.
The recipients were selected from almost 100 nominations that were received from all regions of the state. They represent a diverse and prestigious group whose contributions have positively impacted all of Georgia. Georgia Council for the Arts, the Georgia Humanities Council, and the Georgia Film Music & Digital Entertainment Office joined in presenting the awards.
Photo courtesy Alana Joyner, official photographer of the Georgia Governor's Office.