CSU, Chico News

Acclaimed Poet Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Date: 04-12-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico philosophy professor and award-winning poet Troy Jollimore has received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013.

The announcement of 2013 Guggenheim Fellows was made by the New York-based John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation yesterday, April 11, in a news release and full-page New York Times advertisement.

Jollimore is the winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry for “Tom Thomson in Purgatory” and received CSU, Chico’s Outstanding Professor Award in 2010.

Jollimore’s fellowship will support his work to complete a third book of poems next year along with other writing projects.

“Obviously a fellowship like this is quite wonderful simply in practical terms,” said Jollimore. “It's so difficult to write anything, let alone anything substantial, while maintaining a full teaching load. But outside of that, there is also a deeply satisfying element of validation. It shows that your work is respected, that what you do is valued by your peers. In the long run that might be the most satisfying part of it.”

The 175 Guggenheim Fellows were chosen from a group of 3,000 candidates. The winners come from 56 academic disciplines, 85 institutions, 30 states and three Canadian provinces. Jollimore is one of 10 poets chosen to receive fellowships.

Jollimore has taught at CSU, Chico since 2000. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University and taught at Georgetown University and UC Davis prior to coming to Chico. In addition to "Tom Thomson in Purgatory," he is the author of “On Loyalty,” “Love’s Vision” and “At Lake Scugog,” among other works.

Jollimore was an External Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center in 2006-2007 and the Stanley P. Young Poetry Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 2012.

In 2009, CSU, Chico professor and photographer Byron Wolfe won a Guggenheim Fellowship, believed to be the first by a CSU, Chico professor during his or her tenure at the University. Professor and artist Janet Turner, who established the Janet Turner Print Museum on campus in 1981, was a 1952 Guggenheim Fellow seven years prior to coming to Chico.