Kiki Petrosino receives NEA fellowship

The National Endowment for the Arts announced that Kiki Petrosino is one of 35 poets who will receive an FY 2019 Creative Writing Fellowship.
Kiki Petrosino receives NEA fellowship

Kiki Petrosino

From the official press release:

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Kiki Petrosino is one of 35 poets who will receive an FY 2019 Creative Writing Fellowship of $25,000. Through its Creative Writing Fellowships, the Arts Endowment gives writers the time and space needed to create. Fellows are selected through a highly-competitive, anonymous process and are judged solely on the artistic excellence of the work sample provided.

“A recent national survey shows reading poetry is making a comeback,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “The National Endowment for the Arts supports our nation’s poets and encourages a wide range of voices and styles.”

Petrosino was selected from nearly 1,700 eligible applicants. Fellowships alternate between poetry and prose each year and this year’s fellowships are to support poetry. The full list of FY 2019 Creative Writing Fellows is available here.

Kiki Petrosino was born in Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Witch Wife (Sarabande, 2017), which was named among the New York Times’ “Best Poetry of 2017.” Her poetry and prose have appeared in Poetry, The Best American Experimental Writing, The Nation, Tin House, and on-line at Ploughshares. Her awards include research fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, Virginia Humanities, and the University of Louisville’s Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program. She also teaches occasionally in the Brief Residency MFA Program at Spalding University.

Since 1967, the Arts Endowment has awarded more than 3,500 Creative Writing Fellowships totaling over $54 million. Many American recipients of the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Fiction were recipients of NEA fellowships early in their careers.

Visit the agency’s Literature Fellowships webpage to read excerpts by and features on past Creative Writing Fellows and recipients of Literature Fellowships for translation projects. For more information on literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, go to arts.gov.