Robyn Creswell, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, was awarded a Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. The prize, awarded annually to 15-21 American academics and artists across the humanistic disciplines, provides for a semester-long fellowship at the Academy, located in the Wannsee neighborhood of Berlin, where Creswell will spend the spring semester of 2016 with his family. While in Berlin, Creswell intends to work on an intellectual history of the Middle East, told as a story about six tropes—ruins, radio, city, wine, farewell, and exile—in modern Arabic poetry. He intends to explore how contemporary poets have adapted classical Arabic conventions to the present. As poetry editor ofThe Paris Review, Creswell also looks forward to learning more about contemporary German poetry and its translators.