Campus: San Josť State University -- May 30, 2001

SJSU's New John Steinbeck Fellowship Program Will Support Beginning Writers and Researchers

San Josť State University has established a new fellowship program to support promising writers and scholars. Founded by Professor Emeritus Martha Heasley Cox, two fellowships will be offered in the 2001-2002 academic year:

The Martha Heasley Cox Fellowship in Steinbeck Studies, to conduct Steinbeck research in biography, bibliography, geographic place, photography, film, letters, or criticism.

The Martha Heasley Cox Fellowship in Creative Writing, to create works in one of Steinbeck's major genres: novel, drama, short fiction, screenplay, journal and memoir.

The Steinbeck Fellowship program will cover many fields of human endeavor, from literary biography and criticism to creative writing, education, science and the media.

Said Paul Douglass, chair of the English department at SJSU, "The program is guided by the spirit of Steinbeck's lifetime of work in literature, politics, and environmental activism. Steinbeck's concerns reflect those of the San Jose region, the nation, and the world."

Steinbeck Fellows are invited to spend one academic year working at SJSU on a project in the humanities or the arts, the sciences, journalism, or education. They receive an honorarium, assistance with housing arrangements, and access to university facilities and events. The fellows interact with each other and with university faculty and students in seminars and informal events.


Martha Cox taught for 34 years in SJSU's English department and founded the Center for Steinbeck Studies, which was recently renamed in her honor. She was born the daughter of a teacher in Calico Rock, Arkansas, and earned her master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Cox taught American literature at SJSU.

The fellowship program will be administered under the aegis of the English Department of the College of Humanities and the Arts, in collaboration with the Office of the President.

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