Million Gift From N.Y. Businessman Will Fund New Poe/Faulkner Writing
Fellowship At U.Va.
25, 2001-- With a $1.5 million gift from Paul G.
Kimball of New York, the University of Virginia will create a fellowship
fund named for two celebrated American writers long associated with
the school, Edgar Allen Poe and William Faulkner. The Poe/Faulkner
Fellowship Fund will support graduate students in the University's
master's of fine arts program in creative writing.
providing full support for two students entering the creative-writing
program each year, the Poe/Faulkner fellowships will greatly enhance
its ability to recruit talented writers. The fund also will help
the highly ranked program move closer to its goal of providing full
fellowship support for all its MFA candidates.
are seeking the most talented writers in the world," said Melvyn
P. Leffler, dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences. "Paul Kimball's generous gift substantially increases
our ability to compete for them. At U.Va., we have some of the nation's
most distinguished writers and poets, and we want to recruit the
best students to work with them."
U.S. News and World Report magazine's most recent rankings, the
University of Virginia's graduate creative-writing program tied
for fourth place with Columbia University. The program is highly
regarded for its distinguished faculty, who include a winners of
National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize and a former U.S. poet laureate.
publishing record of its graduates also sets the program apart.
In the past five years, they have won such honors as the Prix de
Rome, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Yale Younger Poets
Prize, and the Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award. Two
graduates were nominated for the 2001 National Book Critics' Circle
Kimball, whose daughter Elizabeth received a master's degree in
English from the University in May, is managing director and co-head
of foreign exchange at Morgan Stanley.
expert in global financial markets, Kimball chairs the foreign-exchange
committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which includes
representatives from major international banks and brokers active
in foreign-exchange markets. A member of the board of directors
of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he also chairs FXA11, a 13-bank
consortium, and serves on the board of CLS, a private company owned
by 63 financial institutions whose goal is to eliminate foreign
exchange settlement risk.
in 1809, Edgar Allen Poe entered the University in 1826, a year
after its founding, and distinguished himself as a student of ancient
and modern languages. He left after one term because of financial
difficulties. Poe died in 1849.
Faulkner became the University's first writer in residence in 1957.
He remained at U.Va. as a consultant to the University Library and
a lecturer in the English department during the last years of his
life. Born in 1897, Faulkner died in 1962.
Ken Kipps, (434) 243-8960