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SNC Tahoe’s Turner, Lisicky receive Guggenheim Fellowships

Special to the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Authors Brian Turner and Paul Lisicky have both been named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Turner is the author of the acclaimed war memoir “My Life as a Foreign Country,” and he directs the low-residency MFA program for creative writing at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe.

Lisicky is also a faculty member in the SNC Tahoe MFA program, as well as the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute.

The Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 175 Guggenheim Fellowships (including three joint Fellowships) to a diverse group of 178 scholars, artists, and scientists.

Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s 92nd competition.

Turner, whose other accolades include the 2010 T.S. Eliot Prize Shortlist, the 2009 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, the 2007 Poet’s Prize, the 2007 NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, and a Lannan Fellowship, among many others, recently established the Brian Turner Literary Arts Prize at SNC Tahoe, where he helped to build the region’s first low-residency program in creative writing in 2012.

Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon before serving for seven years in the US Army, where he was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

Prior to that, he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division (1999-2000). He was featured in the documentary film “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience,” which was nominated for an Academy Award. His prior works include “Here, Bullet” and “Phantom Noise.”

Lisicky is the author of five books: “The Narrow Door,” “Unbuilt Projects,” “The Burning House,” “Famous Builder,” and “Lawnboy.” His awards also include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a Fellow.

“The Narrow Door,” which was published earlier this year, is a New York Times Editor’s Choice and was called “heartbreaking and breathtaking” by Publisher’s Weekly.

Visit brianturner.org or paullisicky.net to learn more about either 2016 Guggenheim Fellow.

This article was provided by Sierra Nevada College. Visit sierranevada.edu to learn more.