Camille Dungy, a professor in CSU’s Department of English, has won another major honor: a Guggenheim Fellowship.
On April 9, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation named Dungy among the 168 scholars, artists and writers to receive the fellowship this year. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s 95th competition.
“Camille Dungy has already distinguished herself as a major poet and essayist,” said Louann Reid, head of the Department of English. “Receiving the prestigious Guggenheim award raises her to prominence among outstanding writers who have been U.S. Poets Laureate, recipients of the National Book Award and Nobel Prize winners. This well-deserved award not only recognizes Camille but also increases the prestige of the CSU Creative Writing Program.”
“This honor means more than I can easily put into words,” Dungy said. “So many of my heroes are also Guggenheim Fellows, and to be honored in this same way feels like a culmination of a great deal of hard work.”