2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Winner

Patricia Smith, an Associate Professor in the Department of English, was awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry.The $50,000 grant will fund What Breath Gives Back, a project combining dramatic poetic monologues with 19th-century photos of African Americans. While on sabbatical last year, Professor Smith was also the 2013 winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, an award given for her Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, which was chosen as the best book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year.