Poet Tom Sleigh Named Distinguished Professor
On June 28, 2010, The City University of New York Board of Trustees named award-winning poet Thomas Sleigh Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, where he has been on the faculty since 2006. Since 2007 Sleigh has served as program director for Hunter’s widely respected Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing. He is the author of seven books of poetry with an eighth scheduled for publication next year. His most recent book, Space Walk, published by Houghton Mifflin, won the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Award, which includes a prize of $100,000. Among his many other honors are the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Academy Award in Literature, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a three-year Individual Writers’ Award from Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Fund. He has also received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He earned his MA in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University. In addition to giving frequent readings of his own work throughout the United States and abroad, he has brought many eminent writers to the successful Distinguished Writer Series at the College.