L.S. Asekoff ’61, a professor of English at Brooklyn College, has been awarded a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. Asekoff’s poems have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Ninth Letter, and Slate, among many others. He is the author of four books of poetry: Dreams of a Work (Orchises Press, 1993); North Star (Orchises, 1997); The Gate of Horn (TriQuarterly/Northwestern University Press, 2010); and the verse-novella Freedom Hill (TriQuarterly/Northwestern, 2011).
Among many other awards and accolades—including the Jerome Shestack Prize from American Poetry Review; a New York Fellowdhip for the Arts Fellowship; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship—Asekoff was chosen by U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine for a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellowship, and Levine introduced Asekoff at a Library of Congress reading last April. He is currently working on Clermont, a book of poems and prose poems culled from his journals, and a book-length poem, The Vanishing Hand.
The news of Asekoff’s Guggenheim Fellowship comes on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Bowdoin associate professor of art Michael Kolster was awarded a Guggenheim for his photography project, “Take Me to the River.”