I'm a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow!

The third time's the charm.

After years of applying for this fellowship, I finally hit the jackpot! Those of you who have been scratching away at your novels and poems for years while trying to hold down a job, manage relationships, care for spouses/children/elderly parents, and be a good friend to those you love--you all know how impossible it is to be an artist and manage a "real life."

This fellowship marks a transition for me--a huge shift in the way I view myself as an artist. I should write, I must write and I will write. The fellowship is affirmation from the universe that the time is now.
This fellowship marks a transition for me--a huge shift in the way I view myself as an artist. I should write, I must write and I will write. The fellowship is affirmation from the universe that the time is now.

There are so many of you who have been cheerleaders and supporters along the way. You kept my muse on life support when I had all but abandoned it. Thank you so much for being there!

And congrats to my fellow winners. I look forward to growing with you over the next year.
 

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18 KRESGE ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED IN METRO DETROIT $25,000 FELLOWSHIPS GO to ESTABLISHED NAMES and RISING TALENTS in the literary and visual arts

Detroit, Michigan – June 25, 2015

Sixteen metropolitan Detroit artists and two collectives have been awarded Kresge Artist Fellowships for 2015. Each of the 18 fellowships, rewarding literary and visual artists for their creative vision and commitment to excellence, includes an unrestricted $25,000 prize and a year ofintensive professional development support.

Kresge Artist Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the Kresge Arts in Detroit program of the College for Creative Studies. The fellowship program represents the foundation’s desire to advance the careers of artists living and working in the foundation’s hometown, as well as to elevate the profile of metro Detroit’s artistic community.

The work of the 2015 Fellows reflects the breadth of Detroit’s cultural communities, and highlights the wide array of disciplines within the literary and visual arts: from graphic novels to experimental poetry, from arts criticism to flash fiction, from fiber art to painting, from performance art to new media.

“From the traditional to the experimental, the work of the 2015 Kresge Artist Fellows exemplifies the creativity that continues to enliven our city and capture the attention of the art world,” says Kresge Arts in Detroit Director Michelle Perron. ”The fellows represent the depth and multiplicity of Detroit’s artistic communities.”