Guggenheim logoCCLA congratulates authors Jeffery Renard Allen and Barbara Hurd– whose 2015 Guggenheim Fellowships were announced today, in the categories of fiction and general nonfiction writing, respectively.

Since 1925 the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has annually offered Fellowships to artists, scholars, and scientists in all fields. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. In its ninety-first competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 173 Fellowships in 2015, chosen from a group of over 3,100 applicants. More

Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of the celebrated novels SONG OF THE SHANK (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2014 and Finalist for a 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award) and RAILS UNDER MY BACK, which won The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction. His awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award, a support grant from Creative Capital, and a fellowship at The Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library. He is a Professor of English at Queens College of The City University of New York. Allen is also the fiction director at the Norman Mailer Center’s Writers Colony as well as founder and director of the Pan African Literary Forum, an organization that supports writers on the African continent.

Barbara Hurd’s previous books are STIRRING THE MUD (a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001), ENTERING THE STONE (a Library Journal Best Natural History Book of the Year in 2013) and WALKING THE WRACK LINE. Her essays have appeared in Best American Essays, The Yale Review, and Orion. The recipient of a 2002 NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award and Pushcart Prizes in 2004 and 2007, Barbara Hurd teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.