We are pleased to congratulate two Massachusetts-based literary artists who were recently recognized with prestigious honors.
The first-of-its-kind fellowship was developed by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Flamboyan Foundation’s Arts Fund to support 20 Puerto Rican writers in genres spanning fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature.
Yara Liceaga-Rojas, of Cambridge, received a Letras Boricuas Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction. Martín Espada, a professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, received an award in Poetry.
Along with the Letras Boricuas Fellowship, Yara Liceaga-Rojas has received numerous other awards and honors, including the Boston Foundation’s Brother Thomas Fellowship.
The National Book Awards, founded in 1950, are among the highest honors in American literature.
Martín Espada received Massachusetts state poetry fellowships in 1984 and 1996.
Images: the Letras Boricuas Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Flamboyan Foundation’s Arts Fund; Yara Liceaga-Rojas, photo by The Boston Foundation; FLOATERS by Martin Espada (W. W. Norton & Company 2021).