(1st Year Poetry) Lavonne Jahan-Tigh graduated from the University of Houston with University Honors and bachelor’s degrees in creative writing and philosophy. After serving as a genre editor for UH’s Glass Mountain, one of the nation’s first undergraduate literary journals, she went on to author a poetry collection, A Body Fully. Lavonne was awarded second for the university’s Howard Moss Poetry Prize and has also enjoyed reading for numerous events in the city’s art community. With respect to a personal philosophy, empathy seems to be not only the most promising starting point, but also a writer’s greatest creative resource. This conviction keeps her desk-side—whether researching foreign policy histories for an op-ed or drafting a poetry series about a shah who just cannot fall asleep alone.
Her second life pillar: All things are possible. Especially when time is set aside for loud music, Persian food, and the great outdoors. Lavonne is honored to join Indiana University and looks forward to growing with this new writing community.