Kathleen Graber, assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been named a 2012 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, one of the top awards available to artists in the United States and Canada.
Graber, who teaches in the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English in the College of Humanities & Sciences at VCU, received the honor in the Poetry category. Graber is the author of two collections of poetry, “Correspondence,” which was published in 2006, and “The Eternal City,” which was published in 2010. “The Eternal City” was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and it was the winner of the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry. She is currently working on a new collection of poems, tentatively titled “The River Twice.”
“We’re very proud of Professor Graber for earning this prestigious honor,” said VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. “Her poetry continues to attract attention from the highest ranks and represents the excellence of VCU’s faculty among their national and international peers.”
Jim Coleman, Ph.D., dean of the VCU College of Humanities & Sciences, said, “VCU’s Creative Writing Program is nationally and internationally recognized for the creative work of its faculty and students, and I am impressed by the enthusiasm of the students in the program and their academic engagement with their professors. This well-deserved award for Professor Graber confirms my belief that we have some of the best faculty and one of the strongest creative writing programs in the country.”