Carmen Giménez Smith Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
August 1, 2019
Carmen Giménez Smith, English, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her book project, Nostalgia Has Such a Short Half-Life, a collection of poems that considers the construction and meaning of identity through media in terms of fans, aficionados, collectors, and viewers. Among the media involved are television, movies, memes, GIFs, and Vines. The book also will include poems centered on the work of Asco, a 1970s and 1980s Chicano art collective. Giménez Smith was one of 168 scholars, artists, and writers awarded a yearlong Guggenheim Fellowship from among more than 3,000 applicants. She earned her bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; she joined the Virginia Tech community in 2017.