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Lisa Steinman awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship


The award will support the Reed English professor's work on a book about contemporary American poetry.


PORTLAND, OR (December 15, 2005) – Lisa Steinman, the Kenan Professor of English and the Humanities at Reed College, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship of $40,000. The award will support a twelve-month grant period in 2006/2007 while Steinman is on academic leave researching and writing a book on American poetry from the 1950s through the present.

Steinman was delighted to receive news of the NEH fellowship, which is very competitive. "My year of research will be supported in part by the NEH and in part by Reed's paid leave program," she said. "The NEH offers one of the few fellowships in support of work in the humanities, so I feel very fortunate to have received this award."Steinman describes her upcoming book as "a kind of sociology of contemporary poetry and its readers."By exploring the different camps of contemporary poetry, she hopes to define how the various poetic styles negotiate the readers' relationship with world "feelingly."

"I'm less interested in what the poems are about, than in the way in which they tell stories, create images, use language," she explained, "and how their readers respond to that."

Steinman, who has taught at Reed College since 1976, has previously published four books of poetry, a chap book of poetry, and two books about poetry.

National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is the largest funder of humanities programs in the United States.

Fellowships and Faculty Research Awards support individuals pursuing advanced research in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools.

Fellowships support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of six to twelve months. Applicants may be faculty or staff members of colleges, universities, or primary or secondary schools, or they may be independent scholars or writers.