by Steve Haruch
Impressive brainpower surge over along West End: A trio of Vanderbilt professors — among the 200 or so chosen from around 3,000 applicants — have been awarded Guggenheim fellowships. They are: Kate Daniels, Jane Landers and Daniel J. Sharfstein.
Poet and CL favorite Daniels, who directs VU's MFA Program in Creative Writing, will "devote part of her fellowship to writing new poems related to her archival research of Eastern State Hospital."
Landers, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, says she will complete a book "on the evolution of communities of African descent in the Iberian Atlantic from their earliest formulations as autonomous kingdoms in the wilderness through their last vestiges as formally recognized free black towns in the 18th century."
Shafstein, a professor of law who co-directs Vanderbilt’s Social Justice Program, garnered the honor for a new book on post-Reconstruction America, Thunder in the Mountains: The Clash of Two American Legends, Oliver Otis Howard and Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce.
Congrats all around. More information here.