The Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center is pleased to announce its 2012-2013 Biography Fellows. Each fellow will receive a generous grant, writing space, and library privileges, and they will be participating in the public events at the Graduate Center and the Leon Levy Center.
The 2012-2013 Biography Fellows are: Susan Bernofsky, for a biography of the Swiss-German writer Robert Walser; Langdon Hammer, for a biography of the poet James Merrill; Siobhan Roberts, for a biography of the mathematician John Horton Conway; and Damion Searls, for a biography of the Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach.
Susan Bernofsky has translated 18 books, including six by the Swiss-German modernist author Robert Walser, and novels by Jenny Erpenbeck, Yoko Tawada, Gregor von Rezzori, and others. She is Chair of the PEN Translation Committee and sits on the PEN board. She received the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize and the 2012 Calwer Hermann Hesse Translation Prize, as well as awards and fellowships from the American Council of of Learned Societies, the PEN Translation Fund, the NEA, the NEH, and the Lannan Foundation. She has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton, and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Washington University. She is also the author of Foreign Words: Translator-Authors in the Age of Goethe. She currently teaches at Queens College. (Photo: Jacobia Dahm)
Langdon Hammer, Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University, earned his BA and PhD from Yale. He is the author of Hart Crane and Allen Tate: Janus-Faced Modernism, and editor of O My Land, My Friends: The Selected Letters of Hart Crane, the Library of America's Hart Crane: Complete Poems and Selected Letters, and the forthcoming Library of America edition of May Swenson's poems. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he is currently at work on a biography of the poet James Merrill. His reviews of new poetry and literary criticism have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Raritan, andThe Yale Review, among other magazines, and he is poetry editor of The American Scholar.
Siobhan Roberts is a Toronto journalist and author whose work focuses on mathematics and science. Her first book, King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, The Man Who Saved Geometry, won the Mathematical Association of America's 2009 Euler Prize for expanding the public's view of mathematics. She wrote and produced a documentary, The Man Who Saved Geometry, which aired on TVOntario's The View from Here. Her second book, Wind Wizard: Alan Davenport and the Art of Wind Engineering, will be published by Princeton, and she is currently a visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study. She has written for The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, The Mathematical Intelligencer, Leonardo, The New York Times, Smithsonian, and other publications.
Damion Searls is the author of Everything You Say Is True, a travelogue, and What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going, a collection of stories. He has written for Harper's, The Believer, n+1, The Paris Review, Bookforum, Brick, and others, and is the editor of Thoreau's The Journal: 1837-1861. He is an award-winning translator from German, French, Dutch, and Norwegian, including books by Proust, Rilke, Ingeborg Bachmann, Hans Keilson, and Nescio, as well as biographies of Anne Frank's family and of Martin Kippenberger. His forthcoming translations include a collection of stories by Robert Walser, the last novel by Christa Wolf, and a new translation of Hermann Hesse's Demian.