Writer’s Room Alums among 2016 Guggenheim Winners

We’re thrilled to congratulate Betsy Writer’s Room Alums, Brian Turner and Sally Keith, both incredible poets, for receiving Guggenheim Fellowships this year!

Brian-Turner-Poetry-2016_250x250-BuchheitBRIAN TURNER
Current Fellow
Fellow: Awarded 2016
Field of Study: Poetry
Competition: US & Canada
Website: http://www.brianturner.org

Brian Turner’s latest book, My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir (W.W. Norton & Co. US 2014; Jonathan Cape/Random House UK 2014) has been called “Achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful” by Nick Flynn and “a humane, heartbreaking, and expertly crafted work of literature” by Tim O’Brien. A Dutch edition was published in 2015 and an Italian edition is forthcoming in 2017. His two collections of poetry: Here, Bullet (Alice James Books, 2005; Bloodaxe Books, 2007) and Phantom Noise (Alice James Books 2010; Bloodaxe Books 2010) have also been published in Sweden by Oppenheim forlag and Poland by Galeria Literacka. His poems have also been published and translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, and Spanish. READ MORE AT GF.ORG


 

S. Keith WR BioSALLY KEITH
Current Fellow
Fellow: Awarded 2016
Field of Study: Poetry
Competition: US & Canada
Website: http://english.gmu.edu/people/skeith3

 

Sally Keith graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 2000 and holds a B.A. from Bucknell. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently River House (Milkweed Editions 2015). She has published individual poems in journals and anthologies, including Colorado Review, Conjunctions, New American Writing, and A Public Space. Sally has been awarded fellowships to the BreadLoaf Writers’ Conference, a Pushcart Prize, and the Denver Quarterly’s Lynda Hull Award.

Listen to Sally reading a poem from The Fact of the Matter on PBS Art Beat, here.

To view a list of other Writer’s Room from 2012 to 2016, visit our Alumni page.