Scott Hatch

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University Faculty Fellow in Ethics for The Liberal Arts and Sciences 2013-2014

The Ethics Across the Curriculum Faculty Advisory Committee (EACFAC) is proud to name Scott Hatch, Lecturer in the UVU Department of English and Literature, as the University Faculty Fellow in Ethics for Liberal Arts and Science during the 2013-2014 academic year. “The purpose of the fellowship is to facilitate faculty scholarship and creative work in interdisciplinary ethics,” said David R. Keller, director of UVU’s Center for the Study of Ethics, which hosts the fellowship.“The fellowship is a great honor. The fellow is chosen through a competitive application process by a committee of UVU faculty peers.”

Hatch’s fellowship will support revision and publication of his first novel, A Boy Scout’s Field Guide to the Redshifting Universe, awarded the Marilyn Brown Unpublished Novel Award for 2013; his fellowship will leaven his teaching and his contributions as a citizen of Utah Valley University in valuable ways. Hatch will give a University Ethics Faculty Fellow keynote address during Ethics Awareness Week, September 2014, on his novel.

Hatch teaches technical communication, editing and publishing, and wilderness writing in the UVU Department of English and Literature. He served as associate director of the Capitol Reef Field Station and serves as director of the Sleeping Rainbow Writers Workshop and Student Journal Editorial Retreat. Scott’s work has appeared in top journals such as Western Humanities Review and Prairie Schooner. He has won or placed in several statewide poetry competitions, and he’s published a gorgeous collection of poems, Mapping the Bones of the World (Signature 2007). 

David P. Yells, the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, remarked upon hearing that the award was going to Hatch: "Scott is uniquely suited to interdisciplinary exploration of ethics. His creative writing efforts intersect with issues of morality and ethics, in particular Environmental Ethics. His work at Capital Reef Field Station and his development and teaching of Wilderness Writing provide a solid foundation upon which he can pursue work to be supported by the faculty fellowship."

Billy Collins, former poet laureate of the United States, praises Scott’s “unerring ear” and “beautiful sense of how a line should be timed.” “This poet,” Collins goes on, “has the gift, the light touch, and yet serious ballast on board.” Lance Larsen, Utah State Poet Laureate, said of Scott regarding his faculty ethics fellowship, "The naturalist poet and essayist Wendell Berry has said that ‘we don’t know who we are until we know where we are.’ This it seems to me is an apt epigraph for everything Scott writes. He recognizes that we do not exist in some formless postmodern nowhere but always in relation to place—that is, to history, to flora and fauna, to people. In short, Scott’s work embodies an ethics of belonging."

In a Scott Hatch poem, we are typically in the West, sometimes in the wild with civilization just over there, or in a suburb with wildness taking what it is due. We might be in the high Uintas, or in the Nevada desert at the scene of a fatal rollover, or even in a hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant in the middle of a snow storm. Wherever we are, the poem invites—no, requires—that we interrogate our own lives, that we become cartographers of the ineffable.  Because he so painstakingly develops his poems, detail by detail, and because they exist somewhere between narrative and lyric, they feel more visceral than most contemporary poems, almost as if they possessed three dimensions in a two-dimensional world. In short, they feel sculptural, solid, like a good walking stick.