Writing Faculty Member Matthea Harvey Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts for 2017

Sarah Lawrence College writing faculty member and poet Matthea Harvey has been awarded a fellowship from the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in the category of creative arts for 2017.

Established in 1925 by former United States Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, the Foundation has sought from its inception to “add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding.” Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Approximately 175 fellowships are awarded each year, selected from some 3,000 applications.

Harvey is the author of five books of poetry, most recently If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?, in which she paired poems with her artwork (mer-tool silhouettes, handkerchiefs embroidered with real and imaginary patents, photographs of miniatures frozen inside ice cubes). Her previous books of poetry include Of Lamb (an erasure of a biography of Charles Lamb with images by Amy Jean Porter), Modern Life (winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a New York Times Notable Book), Sad Little Breathing Machine, and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form.

In 2012, Harvey collaborated with sound artist Justin Bennett on Telettrofono, a Staten Island audio walking tour (part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Stillspotting series). Harvey has also published two children’s books, Cecil the Pet Glacier, illustrated by Giselle Potter and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel. She is currently working on a book about clouds.


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