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Poet Edward Hirsch to Read & Give Talk on Making a Successful Guggenheim Application

Dr. Hirsch is the current president of the Guggenheim Foundation and will offer a presentation for UT researchers on what makes a successful Guggenheim application, on 9/30, at 3:30pm, in the Tickle Engineering Building, Room 405.  

On Monday, 9/30 at 7pm, in the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium Poet Edward Hirsch will read at UT’s Writers in the Library . Students are invited to an informal chat with the author on Tuesday, October 1, 11:00 to noon, in 1210 McClung Tower.

Hirsch, a MacArthur Fellow, has published eight books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), which brings together thirty-five years of work. He has also written four prose books, among them How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), a national bestseller, and Poet’s Choice (2006), which is based on his columns for the Washington Post Book World. He edits the series “The Writer’s World” (Trinity University Press). He has edited Transforming Vision: Writers on Arts (1994), Theodore Roethke’s Selected Poems (2005) and To a Nightingale (2007), and co-edited A William Maxwell Portrait: Memories and Appreciations (2004) and The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology (2008).

Hirsch holds a B.A. from Grinnell College (1972) and a Ph.D. from The University of Pennsylvania (1979). He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and holds seven honorary degrees. He taught in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston for seventeen years and now serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (  Additional information about the Writers in the Library series can be found at or by following them at

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