Stewart receives Academy Award in Literature

July 9, 2009 2:39 p.m.

Susan Stewart, Princeton's Annan Professor of English, has been given an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, bestowed annually to honor exceptional accomplishment in any genre.

Stewart is one of seven authors recognized with the award, which honors a body of work and comes with a $7,500 prize.

The author of many works of poetry, criticism and translation, Stewart has taught at Princeton since 2004. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the winner of the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for her book of poems, ''Columbarium." Stewart is the recipient of a Lila Wallace Individual Writer's Award, two grants in poetry from the National Endowment in the Arts, a Pew Fellowship for the Arts and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Her baritone song cycle, "Songs for Adam," will have its premiere with the Chicago Symphony on Oct. 29. She teaches the history of poetry and aesthetics.