Auburn University professor named Guggenheim Fellow for Poetry

AUBURN – Peter Campion, assistant professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts, has received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Poetry.

Of the nearly 3,000 applications received, 180 recipients were selected by the Board of Trustees for the foundation. Campion is the only Auburn faculty member to receive the prestigious award, and is one of the few selected from the Southeast.

“I feel tremendously honored and humbled to receive an award that some of my heroes in the art – Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, John Berryman, Robert Pinsky – have also received,” Campion said. “I’m also grateful for the time that this fellowship will afford. I’m working on my third book now, and do feel buoyed by this good news.”

Campion received his bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and his master’s from Boston University. He is the author of two collections of poems, “Other People” and “The Lions,” as well as a monograph on the painter Mitchell Johnson. His interests include contemporary poetry, prosody and the relations between poetry and the visual arts.

In 2009, Campion received the Rome Prize from the Academy of Arts and Letters, which entailed a one-year residency at the American Academy in Rome. He has held a George Starbuck Lectureship at Boston University as well as a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship at Stanford University. His poems and prose have appeared in ArtNews, The Boston Globe, Modern Painters, The New Republic, Poetry, Raritan, Slate and The Yale Review. He recently won a Pushcart Prize.

He is editor-in-chief of Literary Imagination: the Review of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, which is published by Oxford University Press.

Since 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted nearly $290 million in fellowships to artists, scholars and scientists in all fields.

(Written by Vicky Santos.)

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