A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
February 15, 2007 Volume 37 / Number 5


Up Front

Book Nominated for National Award

Troy Jollimore, Philosophy, has had his book Tom Thomson in Purgatory nominated for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Award in poetry.

The NBCC, founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization consisting of nearly 700 book reviewers who honor quality writing.

Tom Thomson in Purgatory, selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins for the 2005 Robert E. Lee and Ruth I. Wilson Poetry Book Award, was published last fall by Margie/IntuitHouse.

Jollimore is currently an external fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. He has published poetry in journals including The Malahat Review, PRISM International, MARGIE, and Ploughshares.

The winners will be announced on March 8 at the annual NBCC Awards ceremony in New York City.

Jollimore will read for the Writer’s Voice Series on Feb. 22 at 7:30 pm. in the Humanities Center, Trinity 100. A reception will follow.

Easton Receives NEH Fellowship

Laird Easton, History, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Human-ities Fellowship for the academic year 2007–2008. This will permit him to concentrate entirely on finishing his translation of “The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1880–1918,” currently under contract with Alfred A. Knopf.

Easton is the author of The Red Count: The Life and Times of Harry Kessler (University of California Press, 2002), which received national and international acclaim. It received reviews in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books and The (London) Times Literary Supplement, among others.

Easton joins HFA faculty, Judith Raftery, History, and Matthew Looper, Art and Art History, who won the prestigious NEH fellowships for the 2005–2006 academic year. The fellowship is a national scholarly competition that offers $40,000 over a 9–12-month period.