Contact: Sarah Ray

Posted: April 24,

- The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced
that Middlebury College Associate Professor of English Robert Cohen has
been awarded a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship to work on a new novel.

This year the foundation awarded a total of $6,750,000 to 184 writers,
scholars, artists and scientists, slightly less than six percent of the
3,282 applicants. According to the foundation, Guggenheim Fellows are
appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional
promise for future accomplishment.

Cohen, a resident of Middlebury, has taught creative writing and modern
literature courses at the College since l997. He is the author of three
novels, “The Organ Builder,” “The Here and Now,”
and “Inspired Sleep,” as well as a collection of short fiction,
“The Varieties of Romantic Experience.” His work has received
a number of awards, including a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Lila Wallace
Writers’ Award, and a Pushcart Prize. Cohen has also taught at Harvard
University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the Middlebury College Bread
Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren
Wilson College.

The last member of the undergraduate Middlebury College faculty to receive
a Guggenheim Fellowship was Jay Parini in 1993.