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National Endowment for the Arts awards fellowships to three Indiana creative writers/literary translators

Monday, January 27, 2020
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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced a total of $1.2 million in fellowships to creative writers and translators, supporting both the development of new works of American literature and the translation into English of literary prose, poetry, and drama from writers around the world.

Creative Writing Fellowships

The NEA will award 36 Creative Writing Fellowships of $25,000 each, for a total of $900,000. Fellowships alternate each year between poetry and prose and this year’s fellowships are to support prose—works of fiction and creative nonfiction, such as memoirs and personal essays. The NEA received nearly 1,700 eligible applications, which were reviewed anonymously by a panel solely on the artistic excellence of the writing sample submitted. These fellowships allow recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

Indiana grants include: 

Jill Christman, Muncie, IN ($25,000)
Michael Dahlie, Indianapolis, IN ($25,000)

Literature Translation Fellowships

In fiscal year 2020, the NEA will award 24 Literature Translation Fellowships of $12,500 each, for a total of $300,000. These fellowships will support the English translation of works from 19 countries including Brazil, Egypt, and Japan. Most of these fellowships are to translate works of award-winning and bestselling authors, many of whom have not yet been represented in English. Supported projects include a translation by Bill Johnston of the first two books in the novel cycle Nights and Days by Polish writer Maria Dąbrowska and a translation by Nancy Naomi Carlson of two poetry collections by Congolese author Alain Mabanckou.

Indiana grants include: 

Bill Johnston, Bloomington, IN ($12,500)

Visit the NEA’s Literature Fellowships webpage to read excerpts by and features on past Creative Writing Fellows and Literature Translation Fellows.

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