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Workshop Authors Named 2008 Guggenheim Fellows

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Congratulations to Workshop alumni Michael Paul Burkard, Lan Samantha Chang, Robin Hemley, Richard Panek, and Reginald Shepherd, named 2008 Guggenheim Fellows in an announcement today by Edward Hirsch, president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Guggenheim Fellows are appointed "on the basis of stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment." This year, 190 artists, scholars, and scientists representing seventy-five disciplines were selected for the award, from a pool of over 2,600 applicants. A complete list of the 2008 Fellows is available at the Guggenheim Foundation website.

Michael Paul Burkard is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently, Envelope of Night: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1966-1990, and he teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program at Syracuse University.

Lan Samantha Chang is the Director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, Hunger (1998), and a novel, Inheritance (2004). Her work has been translated into nine languages and has been chosen twice for The Best American Short Stories. She has received creative writing fellowships from Stanford University, Princeton University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Robin Hemley is the Director of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program. He has published seven books of nonfiction and fiction. His latest book, Invented Eden, The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday, deals with a purported anthropological hoax in the Philippines.

Richard Panek is the author of The Invisible Century: Einstein, Freud, and the Search for Hidden Universes, Seeing and Believing: How the Telescope Opened Our Eyes and Minds to the Heavens, and Waterloo Diamonds. He regularly writes about science for The New York Times and Natural History, where he has served as a monthly astronomy columnist. He has also written about astronomy and cosmology for Esquire, Outside, Discover, World Book Encyclopedia, and National Public Radio.

Reginald Shepherd is the editor of The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries and of Lyric Postmodernisms. He is the author of five volumes of poetry, all published by the University of Pittsburgh Press: Fata Morgana, Otherhood, Wrong, Angel, Interrupted, and Some Are Drowning. His prose book Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry is forthcoming in the University of Michigan Press "Poets on Poetry" Series. He writes about poetry at and at The Poetry Foundation website.