Rice University professor Tomás Morín has won a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship, an honor bestowed annually by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to a slate of the world’s top scholars, artists, writers and scientists.

Morín, an esteemed poet, memoirist and translator, joined Rice’s Department of English in 2020 as an assistant professor in creative writing. He’s since taught courses on a variety of topics, including poetry writing, literary translation and narrative medicine.

“It’s thrilling,” said Morín of his latest award. “It’s tremendous, especially because it’s a mid-career grant. It feels like a wonderful pat on the back that says, ‘Well done, and here’s some help to keep doing what you’ve been doing.’

“It’s hard to express how encouraging it is,” he continued, before thanking his family for support.

Morín published his third and most recent collection of poetry, “Machete,” in October. His debut memoir, “Let Me Count the Ways,” was published in March. Earlier this year, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

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