John Simon Guggenheim Fellows 2024 announced

Guggenheim Fellows 2024 announced

The Guggenheim Fellows 2024 were announced on Thursday, April 11, 2024. Here are the writers and poets of African descent on the list.

Guggenheim Fellowships are grants awarded annually by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to those “who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” The fellowship has been awarded starting in 1925 to more than 125 Nobel laureates, members of all the national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medal, Turing Award, Bancroft Prize, National Book Award, and other internationally recognized honours. Maaza Mengiste and Dinaw Mengistu were among the recipients in 2022.

The fellows for 2024 were announced yesterday, through a rigorous application and peer review process from a pool of almost 3,000 applicants. They were selected on the basis of prior career achievement and exceptional promise.

“Humanity faces some profound existential challenges,” said Edward Hirsch, award-winning poet and president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. “The Guggenheim Fellowship is a life-changing recognition. It’s a celebrated investment into the lives and careers of distinguished artists, scholars, scientists, writers and other cultural visionaries who are meeting these challenges head-on and generating new possibilities and pathways across the broader culture as they do so.”

The following writers and poets of African descent made the last;

  • Jamel Brinkley, Writer & Assistant Professor, Writers Workshop, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
  • Vievee Francis, Poet & Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, Dartmouth College, White River Junction, VT.
  • Airea D. Matthews, Poet & Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Safiya Sinclair, Poet & Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Tracy K. Smith, Poet & Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University, Waban, MA.


I’m truly honoured to be awarded a 2024 Guggenheim fellowship, alongside so many of my literary heroes! All my immense gratitude to the @GuggFellows Foundation, and a huge congrats to the other amazing fellows in this class!

Safiya Sinclair

It’s been a really rough year so far, but I’m very grateful for this terrific news, and for the generous people in my life whose support made this happen.

Jamel Brinkley

I just found out I’ve been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship alongside some of my favorite people and poets. Congratulations to @safiyasinclair, Vievee Francis, @joscharles, @kavehakbar.kavehakbar @tracyksmithpoet @elaineequi, Robyn Schiff and Mai Der Vang. I’m here (in NYC) to support other writers and then I find out about this generous and life-affirming gift. I. Am. Humbled. Thank you in every language I know and others I don’t. 😭♥️

Tracy K. Smith

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