UNCG emeritus professor and renowned poet Dr. Ramiro Lagos has been honored with the Ramiro Lagos Poetry Prize, a new poetry award for Spanish students that has been established to recognize his longstanding work in the field. The award is sponsored by the Department of World Languages at Worcester State University, along with the College of the Holy Cross, Trinity College, Clark University, Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. It aims to encourage, support, promote and publicize the creation of high-quality poetic works by Spanish students of these six institutions.
Lagos joined the faculty of the former Department of Romance Languages in 1966. He retired after 28 years of service as a faculty member and 13 additional years directing or teaching in the UNCG Summer Program in Spain. A scholar and a poet, he has published 27 books of his poetry and essays and four anthologies of poetry from Latin America and Spain.