Paul Guest Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Friday, April 15, 2011

Paul Guest, award-winning poet and visiting instructor at Agnes Scott College, has been selected as a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.
Paul Guest
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 180 fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists and scientists in its 87th annual competition for the United States and Canada. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted nearly $290 million in fellowships to more than 17,000 individuals. Time and again, the foundation’s choice of Fellows has proved prescient: thousands of celebrated alumni and scores of Nobel, Pulitzer and other prize winners grace its rolls.

Guest, recipient of a 2007 Whiting Writers' Award, is the author of three volumes of poetry and a memoir. His debut, The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World, was awarded the 2002 New Issues Poetry Prize. His second collection, Notes for My Body Double, was awarded the 2006 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. His third collection, My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge, was published by Ecco/HarperCollins in 2008.

His poems have appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Poetry, Tin House, The Kenyon Review and elsewhere. His memoir, One More Theory about Happiness, was published by Ecco in 2010 and selected for the 2010 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program.

Guest also was a speaker at the 2010 Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.