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Congratulations 2017 Guggenheim Fellows!

By Harriet Staff

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the recipients of this year's fellowships on Friday and we're delighted to fill you in on a few of the poetry-related details. As you might recall, the Guggenheim Foundation awards artists, scholars, and scientists with fellowships each year in fields ranging from Medieval and Renaissance Literature to Choreography to Computer Science. This year's recipients in the field of Poetry are Michelle Boisseau, Victoria Chang, Jennifer Grotz, Matthea Harvey, Ishion Hutchinson, Davis McCombs, Gregory Pardlo, Claudia Rankine, Patrick Rosal, Michael Waters, and Afaa M. Weaver. Edward Hirsch, President of the Foundation (and poet) shares his excitement: "Each year since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has bet everything on the individual, and we’re thrilled to continue to do so with this wonderfully talented and diverse group." Learn a little bit more about this year's recipients, from the Foundation's press release:

On April 6, 2017, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-third competition.

The great variety of backgrounds, fields of study, and accomplishments of Guggenheim Fellows is one of the unique characteristics of the Fellowship program. In all, forty-nine scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, sixty-four different academic institutions, twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces are represented in this year’s class of Fellows, who range in age from twenty-seven to seventy-nine. Sixty-eight Fellows have no academic affiliation or hold adjunct or part-time positions at universities. In addition, the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation is once again underwriting the Fellowship in Constitutional Studies.

Read more about the Guggenheim Foundation's work and this year's Fellows.