Campus: CSU, Long Beach -- May 07, 2001
CSULB English Professor Charles Harper Webb Receives
Prestigious 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship
Charles Harper Webb, a professor of English at Cal State Long Beach,
has been chosen as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow
"This is a very prestigious fellowship, and I am delighted to receive
it," said Webb, one of seven poets to secure the honor. "It
allows me time to write. I am very grateful." Webb received the
fellowship based on the submission of his last two books (Reading the
Water and Liver) and bolstered by four strong recommendations to the
"The Guggenheim fellowship has huge academic credibility,"
said Webb. "The prestige is at least as important as the money.
It's sort of like a poetry Oscar. It confers a status that's permanent.
"The foundation tries to recognize individuals at the height of
their game," Webb noted. "Not that they've peaked," he
quickly added. "I hope to continue getting better. But Guggenheim
fellows have reached a fairly high level."
Guggenheim Fellowships are grants to selected individuals made for a
minimum of six months and a maximum of 12. The foundation offers fellowships
to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them
to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any
of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of
race, color, or creed.
"They don't give you the money to buy a Mercedes," said Webb.
"This award is to provide unimpeded time to work. Writers are always
pressed for time. That's the most valuable commodity we have.
"The money is a bonus. I'd write poetry for free. I usually do,"
he added. "To get a cash prize to help, that's frosting on the
cake. And it tastes great."
In late fall, Webb is expecting publication of his next book, Tulip
Farms and Leper Colonies from BOA Editions.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation was established in 1925
by United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife as a memorial
to a son who died April 26, 1922. The Guggenheim Foundation provides
fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields (natural and social
sciences, humanities and creative arts) except the performing arts.