David L. Ulin Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Core member of low-residency M.F.A. faculty honored for achievement, ‘exceptional promise’

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David L. Ulin

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – David L. Ulin, who teaches creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

He is one of 175 scholars, artists and scientists to be honored by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for prior achievement and exceptional promise in the arts. He was selected from more than 3,100 applicants.

Ulin, the book critic and former book editor of the Los Angeles Times, is a core member of the faculty of the UC Riverside-Palm Desert Low-residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program.

“David has been one of the most influential voices in American literature for years, both in his role as book critic of the Los Angeles Times and as one of our finest essayists and thinkers,” said Tod Goldberg, director of the low-residency M.F.A. program. “He writes with equal authority of the fault lines which crisscross our state and of the fault lines which crisscross our being. He is also a constant champion for the empathetic power of the word, something he has impressed upon the students in our program since its founding in 2008.”

As a professor, Goldberg added, Ulin “has guided countless students to publication, but more than that he has shown them a path toward a life in the arts, his dedication to public service in the name of books and words a remarkable testament to the lasting power of literature. The Guggenheim only reinforces what we’ve always known: David Ulin is one of the most profound and important writers of his generation.”

“It’s a stunning honor,” Ulin said, “to be considered in this company. I am deeply grateful for the foundation’s recognition of my writing, and for its material, and emotional, support.”

Ulin is the author of “Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles,” which will be published in October by the University of California Press. His other books include “The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time,” the novella “Labyrinth,” and the Library of America’s “Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology,” which won a California Book Award. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, Bookforum, Black Clock, Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, Columbia Journalism Review, and on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”

Guggenheim Fellowships, which are frequently characterized as mid-caree” awards, recognize individuals who have already demonstrated “exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts,” according to the foundation.

U.S. Sen. Simon Guggenheim and his wife established the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1925 as a memorial to a son who died in 1922, according to the website. The foundation awards approximately 200 fellowships each year to further the development of scholars and artists by supporting research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts.

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