Auburn professor awarded fellowship by American Academy of Arts and Letters

AUBURN – The American Academy of Arts and Letters has awarded a faculty member in Auburn University’s Department of English a fellowship for a one-year residency at the American Academy in Rome.

The Academy awarded assistant professor Peter Campion the 2009-10 Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature, given annually to two writers of exceptional promise.

The Rome Prize is an American award given annually through a national competition to 15 emerging artists working in architecture, landscape architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, literature, musical composition or visual arts; and to 15 scholars working in Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and early Modern or Modern Italian studies.

Literature is the only field for which applications are not accepted – writers are nominated by members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and are chosen by a committee comprised of members.

While in Rome, Campion will be working on his third collection of poems which is currently titled “El Dorado.” His second collection, “The Lions,” has just been released by The University of Chicago Press.

Rome Prize winners and their families go to the American Academy, situated on the Janiculum, Rome’s highest hill. There they live in apartments and are provided with studios for their work. The American Academy in Rome was established in 1894 and chartered by an Act of the United States Congress in 1905.

Campion received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and his Master of Arts degree from Boston University. In addition to “The Lions,” Campion is also the author of another collection of poems, “Other People,” published by University of Chicago Press, 2005, as well as a monograph on the painter Mitchell Johnson, published by Terrence Rogers Fine Art, 2004. His interests include contemporary poetry, prosody and the relations between poetry and the visual arts.

Apart from this latest award, Campion 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, The Yale Review and elsewhere. He recently won a Pushcart Prize. He is editor-in-chief of Literary Imagination: the Review of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, published by Oxford University Press.

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