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College of Arts and Sciences Professor Jay Hopler Named 2022 Guggenheim Fellow

Hopler is USF Professor of English and an Award-winning Poet

Jay Hopler

Jay Hopler, USF Professor of English and award-winning poet, has been named a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow, by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is among 180 Fellows chosen from nearly 2,500 applicants across the U.S. and Canada, and only the third USF researcher ever to receive this highly prestigious award. Recipients were selected on the basis of both their prior achievement and exceptional promise. In all, 51 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, 81 different academic institutions, 31 states and the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces are represented in this year’s class of Fellows.

According to the April 7, 2022 announcement, Edward Hirsch, President of the Guggenheim Foundation and 1985 Fellow in Poetry, said, “Our long experience tells us what an impact these annual grants will have to change people’s lives. The work supported by the Foundation will aid in our collective effort to better understand the new world we’re in, where we’ve come from, and where we’re going.”

Hopler’s first collection of poetry, Green Squall (2006), was chosen as the winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize; his second collection, The Abridged History of Rainfall (2016), was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry; his third collection, Still Life, will be published by the McSweeney’s Poetry Series in spring 2022. As an editor and translator, his works include The Killing Spirit: An Anthology of Murder for Hire (1998), Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (edited with his spouse, poet, and Renaissance scholar Kimberly Johnson, 2013), and The Museum of Small Dark Things: 25 Poems by Georg Trakl (2016). His additional honors and awards include the Rome Prize in Literature, a Whiting Award, a Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, two Florida Book Awards, and a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation.

About the Guggenheim Foundation

Created and initially funded in 1925 by Senator Simon and Olga Guggenheim in memory of their son John Simon Guggenheim, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has sought since its inception to “further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.”

Since its establishment, the Foundation has granted nearly $400 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are more than 125 Nobel laureates, members of all the national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medal, Turing Award, Bancroft Prize, National Book Award, and other internationally recognized honors. The great range of fields of study is a unique characteristic of the Fellowship program.

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