By Shelby Newsom
English professor Dr. Andy Mozina was awarded the 2010-11 Florence J. Lucasse Fellowship, presented to a member of the Kalamazoo College faculty in recognition of outstanding achievement in creative work, research or publication. Mozina was awarded the Fellowship for his outstanding accomplishments as a fiction writer and professor at K.
Mozina: It’s really gratifying and I was happy about it. I think other people probably deserve it as much, so it’s a little awkward to be noticed like that, but I was of course very happy about it.The Index: What do you find the most difficult about being a fiction writer at K, and what is the most rewarding?
Mozina: I guess the difficulty is in making time to do the writing, trying to do everything you want to do at the College alongside the writing, so that’s been hard for me. [Writing at K] puts me in contact with students who are writing and I just enjoy talking about writing. I like being in the world of fiction writing, and I guess the fact that I do that myself helps me be in that world here.
The Index:What are your goals now after receiving this award?
Mozina: My goals are just to work steadily. My goals really will hopefully never change, and now, no matter what happens, I just want to keep writing stuff and keep doing the work, I guess.