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Hunter Poet Tom Sleigh Awarded Fellowship in Berlin

Creative Writing MFA program director and senior poet Tom Sleigh has received a fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin. The Academy offers residential fellowships at its Hans Arnhold Center to a select group of American scholars, writers, policymakers and artists each year. The fellowships are designed to integrate accomplished American intellectual and artistic leaders into the vibrant German capital and its culture.

Past Academy Fellows have included former poet laureate Bob Hass, Pulitzer Prize winner C.K. Williams, The New Yorker critic Alex Ross, renowned artist Chuck Close and acclaimed authors Jonathan Safran Foer and William Styron.

Sleigh is also the recipient of the Emily Clark Balch Prize, an award for the best poems published in VQR in 2009, a Pushcart Prize/Jentel Arts residency at the Jentel Center in Banner, Wyoming, granted to a Pushcart Prize winner, and a six week residency from the Hermitage National Artist Advisory Committee. He won the Poeteka Festival Ring for "the most prominent poet" at the Poeteka International Festival of Poetry in Albania in 2009, which included poets from all over Europe, including the Balkan countries, Turkey and Lebanon.

His work has been published in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Paris Review, the American Poetry Review and many other significant literary publications. Sleigh has also published numerous poetry books, original plays, and was widely recognized for his translation of Euripides' "Herakles" in 2001.

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