Troy Jollimore (BAH '93) has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation made the announcement on 11 April 2013.
Troy teaches philosophy at California State University, Chico, and he is also an acclaimed poet. He won the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry for Tom Thomson in Purgatory, his first book of poems. He also received CSU, Chico's Outstanding Professor Award in 2010.
The Guggenheim Fellowship will help support Troy complete his third book of poems, tentatively titled On Birdsong, as well as a book called The Movies: An Elegy, which is about the decline of movie going and the role of movies in society.
"Obviously, a fellowship like this is quite wonderful simply in practical terms," says Troy. "It's so difficult to write anything, let alone anything substantial, while maintaining a full teaching load. But outside of that, there is also a deeply satisfying element of validation. It shows that your work is respected, that what you do is valued by your peers. In the long run, that might be the most satisfying part of it."
This year's 175 Guggenheim fellows were chosen from a total of 3,300 candidates, with the winners being chosen from 56 academic disciplines, 85 institutions, 30 US states, and three Canadian provinces. Jollimore is one of 10 poets to be chosen.
After leaving King's, Troy earned MA and PhD degrees at Princeton University and taught at Georgetown University and UC Davis before going to CSU Chico. He has taught at Chico since 2000. In addition to Tom Thomson in Purgatory, Troy is also the author of On Loyalty, Love's Vision, and At Scugog, among other works.