Hartwick College English Professor Thomas J. Travisano has been named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in the category of “Creative Arts — Biography,” according to a media release from the college.
Now in its 89th year, the annual award given by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, is among the most distinctive and prestigious honors an artist or a scholar can achieve. Travisano is the first Hartwick faculty member to receive the recognition.
Recommended by peer scholars, Travisano is among a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists in the United States and Canada who have been awarded the fellowship this year. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, he was selected from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants.
“This is very exciting,” Travisano said. “To be included in this rarified atmosphere of scholars and creative artists is very special for me, and for Hartwick.”
Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich praised the professor for his achievement.
“Dr. Travisano continues to distinguish himself, and Hartwick College, through his excellent scholarship on Elizabeth Bishop,” she said, referring to the American poet and short-story writer on whom Travisano has focused much of his scholarship. “We are very pleased for Tom that his work has, once again, been recognized through the award of such a prestigious and highly competitive honor.”
“This is a confirmation of the quality of my previous work, and of the interest it has generated to date,” Travisano said. “It is also encouraging of the upcoming biography of Bishop that I plan to undertake.”
As a result of receiving the fellowship, Travisano said he plans to take a research leave in the spring of 2014 to continue his work on the BishOp biography. In the meantime, he plans to offer a fall seminar for Hartwick students, sharing with them the opportunity for collaborative research.