Among the recent grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts were Literature Fellowships for five Massachusetts writers! Not that we’re counting, but that’s upwards of 11.9%, or a tad under 1/8 of the total number of awardees (5 of 42, if anybody wants to check my math).
With bloggery prescience, ArtSake has featured a number of the winning writers in its virtual pages: short story writer Anne Sanow, nonfiction writer and Harvard Review editor Christina Thompson, and 2008 Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow Joan Wickersham. Congratulations, too, to writers Douglas Bauer, of Boston, and Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, of Jamaica Plain, who joined Anne, Christina, and Joan in receiving the prestigious $25,000 awards for literary excellence.
While we’re talking about overlaps in the Venn diagram of the NEA, MCC, and individual artists:
- The NEA granted $10,000 to support Boston Musica Viva for its efforts, including a commission of Richard Cornell (Music Composition Fellow ’07).
- $20,000 went to the Huntington Theatre for its Huntington Playwriting Fellows program and the Breaking Ground Festival, featured on ArtSake in our interview with playwright Joyce Van Dyke.
- $5,000 went to Rose Metal Press, featured in a Horses for Courses post on ArtSake.
Images: cover art from paperback edition of THE SUICIDE INDEX by Joan Wickersham (Mariner Books 2009); cover art for TRIPLE TIME by Anne Sanow (University of Pittsburgh Press 2009).