The Woody Guthrie Foundation and the BMI Foundation, Inc. are pleased to announce that Dr. Mark F. Fernandez has been awarded the Woody Guthrie Fellowship for 2012. Dr. Fernandez is a professor in the Department of History at Loyola University, New Orleans. Through his proposed research topic,Movement, Motion, and Travel in the Life and Art of Woody Guthrie, Dr. Fernandez hopes to examine the evidence that relates Guthrie to the industrial age, especially in the form of travel and transportation.
During 2012, Dr. Fernandez spent 30 days conducting research at the Woody Guthrie Archives in New York. Since that time, he has presented a public lecture at the University of New Orleans Earl K. Long Library titled “From the ‘Talking Court’ to the Grand Coulee Dam: A Historian’s Quest Across the Centuries,” and delivered a paper at the Penn State Woody at 100 Conference titled “‘Every Buck I do Buck and Every Twitchy I do Twitch’: Movement, Travel, and Transportation in the Life and Art of Woody Guthrie.” He has also completed a book proposal for his research-based work, tentatively titled “The Intentional Troubadour”: Woody Guthrie’s Wanderings. Dr. Fernandez is also working on an article tentatively titled “Fighting ‘Racey Hate’ on the Swamp: Woody Guthrie’s Civil Rights Crusade.” Dr. Fernandez’ Woody Guthrie Fellowship award was complimented by a $10K Marquette Fellowship from Loyola University New Orleans.