The Michael Krasny Awards in English Literature

The Krasny awards were established in 2018 to recognize and honor the literary legacy and professional influence of Professor Michael Krasny. Professor Krasny, a widely published critic, and scholar has been a member of San Francisco State University's Department of English since 1970. He has been the host since 1993 of the award-winning live radio program Forum on KQED in San Francisco. The Michael Krasny Awards are dedicated to the spirit and power of English Literature as a life-changing force in modern-day culture.

Student recipients of The Michael Krasny Awards in English Literature will be selected by a panel of faculty members in the Department of English based on a range of criteria including academic achievement, written work that reflects the impact that English Literature has had upon their personal life histories and/or its influence upon their professional goals and aspirations.

The goal for the Michael Krasny Awards is $250,000. The endowment total of $250,000 will enable two (2) $10,000 cash scholarships to be awarded annually. The scholarships will provide an undergraduate student an award of $4,000 and a graduate student an award of $6,000. The Michael Krasny Awards will constitute scholarship support of just over fifty percent (50%) of one year’s tuition inclusive of fees for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Contributions to the endowed fund may be made as a cash payment provided in a single payment or as a pledge distributed over a five-year period.

College of Liberal & Creative Arts Funding Initiatives

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Documentary Film Institute

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Longmore Institute on Disability

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The Queer Cinema Project

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Marcus Hall

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For more information about the Michael Krasny Awards, contact:

Bonnie Feinberg ( She/Her/Hers )
Senior Director of Development (Liberal Arts)
College of Liberal & Creative Arts
(415) 338-6363