TS author Steven Dunn wins Goddard College / PEN North American $10,000 Scholarship

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[Reposted from Goddard College’sMFAW blog, is the author of the unique, Potted Meat (Tarpaulin Sky Press 2015), which was a Colorado Book Award Finalist and was shortlisted for Granta‘s Finest of Young American Novelists. His 2nd book water & & power is upcoming from Tarpaulin Sky Press later this year. He was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy, made a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. His work likewise has been published in Columbia Journal andGranta Publication. Mr. Dunn is co-founder of the Denver Veterans’ Writers Workshop and of a reading series in Denver that features ladies and authors of color. He also teaches at-risk youth in a bimonthly workshop about “acquiring company through telling your own story.” As a trainee in Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, he plans to produce a body of work that attends to”the several layers of disappearance of black bodies through the lens of state-sanctioned violence and patriarchy. Through these lenses I hope to parallel historic racism with modern bigotry while paying specific attention to the resulting exhaustion and trauma of both timelines, and how those are gone through our generations.”

Elena Georgiou, Director of Goddard’s MFA in Creative Composing Program, described Mr. Dunn’s work as “piercing. His straightforward, stripped-down design allows nothing to get in the way of the story. And what is that story? It is an up-close and individual examination of how racism and sexism are perpetuated in modern-day America.”

The $10,000 Goddard/ PEN North American Scholarship is the result of a collaboration between Goddard’s MFA in Creative Composing and PEN America, PEN Canada, and PEN Mexico, which together comprise the North American branches of PEN International, the world’s preeminent literary company. Members at any level from these PEN Centers are qualified for the Goddard/PEN North American Scholarship.As the second-place recipient, hybrid author Maša Sukovic, will get a$5,000 scholarship. Ms. Sukovic is a Trainee Affiliate member of PEN America. She holds an MA and PhD from Texas A&M University and was the 2017 winner of the San Francisco Writing Contest in Adult Fiction. Her work has actually appeared in I come from the World literary journal and Permafrost Publication. At Goddard, she plans to check out the hybrid form, with a specific”concentrate on the components of wonderful realism, as it examines the notions of hybridity, postcolonialism, and the supernatural and natural existing side-by-side in the exact same area and at the very same time.”10 extra scholarship prospects will receive Engaged Artist Awards of $2,000 each: PEN America members Amy

Barnes, Lisa Chambers, Will Duprey, Ron Estrada, Brian Jackson, Jo Manu Maltzman, Sarah Monahan, Jay Sheets, and Rachel Spalding; and PEN Canada member Magdalen Bowyer.Congratulations to all!Candidates for the 2019 Goddard/ PEN North American Scholarship may send their applications until April 15, 2019. Application information might be discovered at: https://www.goddard.edu/academics/master-fine-arts-creative-writing-2/pen-scholarship/The Goddard/ PEN North American Scholarship is enabled by a generous gift from faculty and friends of Goddard College. Extra contributions to sustain this award might be made at.

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