J1446

Honoring Professor Ben Lerner upon the occasion of his designation as a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship Award

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J1446


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Professor Ben Lerner upon the occasion
of his designation as a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship Award

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to take note of and
publicly acknowledge individuals who have distinguished themselves
through their exemplary careers, accomplishments, and purposeful lives
of service to their community and their profession; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Professor Ben Lerner upon the occasion of his designation as a recipient
of the Guggenheim Fellowship Award; and
WHEREAS, An Associate Professor in English at Brooklyn College, Ben
Lerner was one of three Brooklyn College professors who were among 175
winners chosen from nearly 3,000 American and Canadian contenders from
the arts, sciences and humanities; he along with the other two faculty
members are from Brooklyn College's Master of Fine Arts in Creative
Writing program; and
WHEREAS, A resident of Park Slope, Professor Ben Lerner is working on
a second novel, set in Brooklyn and other parts of the City, along with
a fourth book of poems; graduating from Brown University with both a
B.A. degree in political science and an MFA degree in creative writing
respectively, his primary interests are 20th-century and contemporary
poetry and poetics; and
WHEREAS, Ben Lerner's first book of poetry, THE LICHTENBERG FIGURES,
won the Hayden Carruth Award from Copper Canyon Press, was a Lannan
Literary Selection, and was named one of 2004's best books of poetry by
LIBRARY JOURNAL; it was published in German translation (Luxbooks) in
early 2011, and his second book, ANGLE OF YAW (Copper Canyon, 2006), was
a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book
Award, among other honors; and
WHEREAS, Copper Canyon published his third book, MEAN FREE PATH, in
early 2010; in 2011, Coffee House Press brought out his first novel,
LEAVING THE ATOCHA STATION; it was named one of the best books of the
year by THE NEW YORKER, THE GUARDIAN, THE NEW STATESMAN, THE WALL STREET
JOURNAL and NEW YORK MAGAZINE, among other publications; he has been a
Fulbright Scholar and a Howard Foundation Fellow, and in 2011, he became
the first American to win the Preis der Stadt Munster fur Internationale
Poesie; and
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body that individuals
who distinguish themselves in their profession, dedicating themselves to
its enhancement and leading it in new directions, are an asset beyond
remuneration and cannot be sufficiently extolled; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Professor Ben Lerner upon the occasion of his designation as a
recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship Award; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Professor Ben Lerner.

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  • 24 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 30 / Apr / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 30 / Apr / 2013
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

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Resolutions, Legislative

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