Resolution J1446-2013

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

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

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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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