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The Norman Mailer Center Announces Six Writers Selected for 2016 Fiction and Nonfiction Summer Fellowships at Ucross Foundation

The Norman Mailer Center Announces Six Writers Selected for 2016 Fiction and Nonfiction Summer Fellowships at Ucross Foundation

Fiction Fellows are Jenessa Abrams, Cara Diaconoff, and Raghu Karnad Nonfiction Fellows are Andy Martin, Michael Nixon, and Joshua Stupple Greg Curtis will serve as Mentor

New York, NY – The Norman Mailer Center announces that six writers have been selected for 2016 Fellowships in Fiction and Nonfiction, which will take place from July 8 – 25 at the Ucross Foundation. The 8th annual NMC summer fellowship program is designed to facilitate a balance between a focus on individual work and a forum for discussion among emerging writers. Acclaimed writer and editor Greg Curtis will serve as mentor for the group of writers.

The collaboration between the Norman Mailer Center and Ucross Foundation brings together two organizations who share a dedication to the support of contemporary writers of significant promise and achievement. All Fellowships are awarded in a competitive application process administered by The Norman Mailer Center.

This year’s fiction fellows are:

Jenessa Abrams is a fiction and literary translation MFA candidate at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in The Grief Diaries, KGB Lit Magazine, bluestockings magazine, The Gallatin Review and Confluence. She was nominated for the 2016 Emerging Writers Fellowship at Aspen Summer Words by Tin House Editor at Large, Elissa Schappell, as well as the 2015 Felipe P. De Alba Fund for Writers Fellowship at Columbia University.

Cara Diaconoff is the author of a story collection, Unmarriageable Daughters (Lewis-Clark Press) and a novel, I’ll be a Stranger to You (Outpost 19 ebooks), which won first prize in the novel category in the Utah Original Writing competition of the Utah Arts Council. She earned a BA at Oberlin College, an MA in English literature at the University of Wisconsin, and an MFA in creative writing at Indiana University. She has taught at Whitman College, Texas Christian University, and in the Peace Corps at colleges in Russia. She is currently a visiting professor of creative writing at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Raghu Karnad is a journalist and editor, and author of Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War (shortlisted for the 2016 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History). He has worked at the Indian newsweeklies Outlook and Tehelka, was editor of Time Out Delhi, and is one of the founding editors of theWire.in. He lives between Bengaluru and New Delhi.

The 2016 nonfiction fellows are:

Andy Martin is a lecturer in French at the University of Cambridge and a former Fellow of the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, where he wrote The Boxer and the Goalkeeper: Sartre v Camus. His other books include Stealing the Wave: The Epic Struggle between Ken Bradshaw and Mark Foo, Waiting for Bardot, and Napoleon the Novelist. He is at work on a book that centers on the life and work of writer Lee Child.

Michael Nixon has served in the Marine Corps, earned an advanced law degree, spent five years as a legal writer and editor and worked for twenty-five years with the Office of the Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service. He is at work on his first book.

Joshua Stupple, 23. I grew up in a small town on the south coast of England, moving to London at first opportunity. I studied Literature at King's College London, having graduated a year ago. I now work as a researcher for the London Review of Books.

Norman Mailer Center mentor Greg Curtis is the author of Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo and The Cave Painters, Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists. He was the editor of Texas Monthly from 1981 until 2000 and during his editorship the magazine won many prizes, including five National Magazine Awards. In 2000, he was selected by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the ten best magazine editors in the country. He is currently the Humanities Coordinator of the Harry Ransom Center. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Time and Rolling Stone, among other publications. He is a graduate of Rice University and San Francisco State College, and lives in Austin, Texas.

The Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony, a non-profit organization for educational purposes, was established to honor Norman Mailer’s work and lifelong interest in and commitment to writers and writing programs. The Mailer house in Provincetown served as the Center's and Colony’s headquarters for the first four years for students, fellows, writers and scholars from all over the world. The Center is now located in New York City, where Mailer also lived. This summer season, in addition to the Fiction / Non-Fiction Fellowship, the NM Center is offering a Poetry Fellowship that will be held at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Ucross Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1981, has supported over 2,000 writers, artists and composers with the gifts of accommodations, studio space, and uninterrupted time to focus on creative work. Ucross is located on a 20,000-acre working cattle ranch in northeastern Wyoming, in the majestic landscape of the High Plains near the Bighorn Mountains. Many past Ucross Foundation residents have been awarded major cultural awards including the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and MacArthur Award. Writers who have been Ucross Fellows include Annie Proulx, Ann Patchett, Claudia Rankine, Doug Wright, Andrew Solomon, Elizabeth Gilbert, Karen Russell, Sarah Ruhl, Colson Whitehead and Terry Tempest Williams.