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English Professor Mark Halliday awarded 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship

ATHENS, Ohio (May 2, 2006) -- Mark Halliday, acclaimed poet and professor of creative writing in the Department of English has been named a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow.

"I'm very pleased to receive the fellowship," Halliday says. "It's a very prestigious award, so I'm hoping this brings positive attention for my work and for the university."

Halliday will receive $40,000 for a nine-month fellowship period starting in June 2007. During this time, Halliday plans to write, and possibly to compile his next collection of original poems based on new themes. 

"For example, I would like to work on more poems that are not autobiographical," Halliday says, "poems that are distinctly about the lives of other people."

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awards fellowships to advanced professionals in natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and creative arts. Halliday was one of eight poets to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship this year. The fellowship program aims to afford fellows as much creative freedom as possible, attaching no special conditions to how award money is spent.

"In my life, I tend to avoid competitions where you have to make up a very specific project," Halliday says. "In my specific line of work, which is creative writing, I find that sort of thing tends to be phony. It's better to experiment and see what comes up."

Halliday received his B.A. and M.A. from Brown University, and his Ph.D. from Brandeis. He has published four books of poems: "Little Star" (1987); "Tasker Street" (1992), which won the Juniper Prize; "Selfwolf" (1999); and "Jab" (2002). During 2001-2002, Halliday lived at the American Academy in Rome as a recipient of the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

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Media Contact: Professor of Creative Writing Mark Halliday (740) 593-2758 or hallidam@ohio.edu

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