SALT LAKE CITY — Two professors of English at the University of Utah were awarded fellowships from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Katharine Coles and Lance Olsen are faculty members in the U.’s Creative Writing Program, which is ranked in the top five in the country.

“The Guggenheim is one of the most prestigious fellowships nationally and reaffirms the enormous contributions Kate Coles and Lance Olsen continue to make in their well-respected and groundbreaking creative work,” said Robert Newman, dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Utah. “These new awards solidify the Creative Writing Program’s standing as one of the very top programs of its kind in the country.”   

Olsen teaches fiction writing and has been published widely. He has authored 11 novels and four short-story collections. He teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah, where he has been a faculty member since 2007. 

Coles is Utah’s Poet Laureate and has been on the faculty of the University of Utah since 1997. She is currently on the faculty of the English Department at the University of Utah, where she teaches creative writing and literature and, with mathematician and biologist Fred Adler, co-directs the Utah Symposium in Science, which she founded in 2001. 

In 2010, she traveled to Antarctica to write poems under the auspices of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. During her Guggenheim Fellowship period, she will be extending this work into a lyric examination of the history of Antarctic exploration.   

Since its establishment in 1925, the foundation has granted more than $298 million in fellowships to more than 17,300 individuals.