April 13, 2015
This Year’s Guggenheim Fellows Announced
by Taylor Sperry
Last week, the Guggenheim Foundation announced its list of 173 “scholars, artists, and scientists” who will receive Guggenheim Fellowships in 2015.
Among the thirty new Fellows in writing categories are the novelists Rivka Galchen, Kevin Powers, and Akhil Sharma; nonfiction writers Meghan Daum and Alex Ross; and the poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips. The winners are selected from a pool of more than 3,100 applicants “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise,” and will receive approximately $43,200 each.
The process for selection is rigorous: applicants are grouped with others in their field and then reviewed by experts in that field–a network that consists of several hundred advisers, all of whom are themselves former Guggenheim fellows. Reviewers then evaluate and rank the applicants for a Committee of Selection, who then make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
While “no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition” (which wouldn’t really be much of a competition?) it’s worth noting that there is no prescreening; “all applications are reviewed.”
The complete list of 2015 Guggenheim Fellows is available here, and the list of winners in writing categories is below.
Jeffery Renard Allen
Mary Beth Keane
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Melissa Fay Greene
David L. Ulin
Thomas Sayers Ellis
Cathy Park Hong
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.