Now that it's official, I can finally tell the world that I have, on my fifteenth try (yes, I've been applying since 1993), been awarded a 2008 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. While I would certainly have liked to have received one earlier, this fellowship could not have come at a time when I needed it more, as my medical bills for my cancer treatments and surgeries have been mounting at a frightening rate.
I keep looking at the list of Fellows on the Guggenheim Foundation web site to confirm that my name is still there. Sometimes the world does give one what one needs when one needs it. Just not very often...

Originally Published: April 2nd, 2008

Poet and editor Reginald Shepherd was born in New York City in 1963 and grew up in the Bronx. He earned a BA from Bennington College and studied at Brown University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His first collection, Some Are Drowning (1994), won the Associated Writing Program’s Award in...

  1. April 2, 2008
     Linh Dinh

    Congratulations, Reginald!

  2. April 3, 2008
     Nic Sebastian

    Woohoo, Reginald!

  3. April 3, 2008
     Joseph Hutchison

    Congratulations from Colorado, Reginald!

  4. April 3, 2008
     dwayne

    congratulations Reginald.

  5. April 3, 2008
     Diana Adams

    Congratulations Reginald, well timed and well deserved.

  6. April 3, 2008
     john

    Well right-f*ckin-truckin-on-10-4 good buddy! Congrats!

  7. April 3, 2008
     Jilly

    congrats to you!

  8. April 3, 2008
     Brian Salchert

    Hope you don't mind my saying, Reginald,
    since persistence can be a kind of prayer,
    it is wonderful this
    "Watch God Moment"
    has happened for you.

  9. April 4, 2008
     Cuitlamiztli Carter

    Well-deserved! They made the right decision.

  10. April 4, 2008
     Jonathan David Jackson

    FOND CONGRATULATIONS and much, much deserved.
    & I sure hope people spell your name right from now.

  11. April 6, 2008
     Anna Rabinowitz

    Reginald: What great news! Congratulations.
    Anna

  12. April 7, 2008
     ffsmith

    wow, way to go, Foundation.
    i'm actually a fan of reginald and am happy for him, but it IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH. what happened to the *other* bloggers? way to hire bloggers who don't post regularly. Please tell me you aren't PAYING them to NOT POST??!

  13. April 7, 2008
     Daisy

    FF--I would guess we're all frantically doing our taxes. Stay tuned. Daisy