Loyola University Maryland Professor Wins prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship
Lia Purpura, writer-in-residence and affiliate associate professor of writing at Loyola University Maryland, has been awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to support her work on her next book.
Purpura is one of 181 scholars, artists, and scientists out of nearly 3,000 U.S. and Canadian applicants to be named a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in the Foundation’s 88th annual competition. Only 12 other fellowships were awarded in her “General Nonfiction” field.
“It is a thrill to be recognized at this level by such a prestigious organization and the readers and writers who evaluated my work,” said Purpura. “You’re up against a tremendous number of the most talented people in your field.”
The foundation considers both prior and future projects when selecting fellows. Purpura has written seven booksand numerous poems and essays in her professional career. In her proposal to the foundation, Purpura outlined her plan to write a book of essays that will explore the ways people relate to and form relationships with the natural world.
Since its establishment in 1925, the foundation has granted nearly $290 million in fellowships to more than 17,000 individuals. Many Guggenheim Fellows have gone on to win Nobel, Pulitzer and other prizes.