October 17, 2002
Poet's Winding Path Leads to a Job as a Foundation President
Edward Hirsch, a prize-winning poet and the beneficiary of prodigious amounts of philanthropic support, will become president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in January. Mr. Hirsch has been awarded a "genius" fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Rome Prize, which allowed him to live and write in Rome for a year, and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, among others.
Over the last five years, he has served on the foundation's
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