CalArts Faculty Member Maggie Nelson Wins NEA Writing Fellowship for Poetry

Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson at a reading of her work at REDCAT.

On Tuesday (Nov. 23) the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2011 winners of the Creative Writing Fellowships. Among the 42 recipients was CalArts faculty member Maggie Nelson, a poet, nonfiction writer, critic, scholar and lecturer in the School of Critical Studies.

The NEA’s creative writing award—which alternates between poetry and prose—encourages the production of new work by providing the writers a means to write through a $25,000 stipend.

Panelists reviewed more than 10,000 manuscript pages from more than 1,000 eligible applications submitted. The NEA grant adds to the collection of accolades and awards that Nelson has received in recent years. She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship Award earlier this year to focus on the contemporary uses and abuses of cruelty in art, literature, and media as well as the 2008 Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship.

To hear audio excerpts of Maggie Nelson’s poetry, please visit her audio archive page on PennSound.

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