Jess Row ’93 Awarded 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship

Congratulations to Jess Row ’93 on receiving a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship. Awarded to individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts, Guggenheim Fellowship grants provide recipients with 6-12 months of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible.

United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife established the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1925 as a memorial to a son who died April 26, 1922. The Foundation has sought from its inception to “add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding,” as the Senator explained in his initial Letter of Gift (March 26, 1925) — from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s website. 

One of a pool of 3000 scholars, artists, and scientists, Row was awarded a Fellowship in the Creative Arts category for Fiction.

After graduating from Park in 1993 and attending Yale for undergrad, Row taught English for two years as a Yale-China fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He earned an M.F.A. at the University of Michigan in 2001. His first book, The Train to Lo Wu, a collection of short stories set in Hong Kong, was published in 2005; his second collection of stories, Nobody Ever Gets Lost, appeared in 2011. His first novel, Your Face in Mine, was published in August 2014. His current projects are a novel, tentatively titled The New Earth, to be published by Ecco, and a collection of essays about race and American fiction, White Flights, to be published by Graywolf. 

Row spent the day in the Upper School on February 24 as this year’s Peter Baida ’68 Writer-in-Residence. For more information about his visit: {staticroot}news/story/park-welcomes-jess-row-93-as-2016-peter-baida-68-writer-in-residence/

Parent of an alumna, filmmaker Ramona Diaz was also awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Film-Video in the Creative Arts category.

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