Black Mountain Institute Reveals 2017-2018 Fellows

An author who is redefining Southern literature, a worldwide acclaimed historian who composed the manifesto for agnostics, and a novelist/investigative journalist who has covered stories from Los Angeles to Palestine will take up residencies at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI) for the international literary center’s 2017-18 season.

Tayari Jones, Lesley Hazelton and Ben Ehrenreich are the latest fellows in the Diana L. Bennett Fellowship program at BMI. The writers will sign up with Hossein Abkenar, the Kenneth Barlow City of Asylum Fellow, presently in house at BMI. The brand-new fellows will present themselves to the community in September at the Beverly Rogers Literature and Law Building.

” Extending back to long-term residencies with Wole Soyinka and E.L. Doctorow, BMI has a remarkable custom of bringing the best authors and intellectuals to enrich our neighborhood here,” said Joshua Wolf Shenk, BMI’s executive director and writer-in-residence. “This year brings another dazzling group of lyrical authors whose work is immediate and intriguing.”

Each year, BMI provides the Bennett Fellowship to three seriously well-known writers who, for a couple of terms, contribute to the cultural landscape of UNLV and the bigger Las Vegas neighborhood. The program is called for entrepreneur and benefactor Diana L. Bennett. Past fellows consist of: Walter Kirn (Thumbsucker, Up in the Air), David L. Ulin, Tom Bissell, Yelena Akhtiorskaya and Okey Ndibe.

The going to fellows are:

Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones is the author of the books Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage (Algonquin Books, February 2018). Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Follower, The New york city Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she also has gotten the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Life time Accomplishment Award in Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Structure, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. She is an associate teacher in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University.

Lesley Hazleton

Lesley Hazleton is a writer and psychologist, likewise called “The Accidental Theologist,” who explores the vast and unpredictable arena where religion and politics intersect. And she does so as an undaunted agnostic– thus her most current book, Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto. Hazleton reported from Jerusalem for 13 years, adding to The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, The Country, and other publications. She’s working on her 13th book and blogs at accidentaltheologist.com, casting “an agnostic eye on religion, politics, and presence.” A repeat TED speaker, her talks have actually been viewed more than three million times.

Ben Ehrenreich

Ben Ehrenreich’s latest book, The Method to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine, based on a number of years of reporting from the West Bank, was chosen as one of the very best books of 2016 by The Guardian, The Economist, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is likewise the author of two novels, Ether and The Suitors. His work has been published in the London Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and Los Angeles, among other publications. In 2011 he was honored with a National Magazine Award.

Black Mountain Institute

The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Carter Black Mountain Institute brings writers and the literary imagination into the heart of public life through innovative public programs, award-winning publications, and a diverse range of fellowships. BMI is part of the UNLV College of Liberal Arts, where it collaborates with prestigious graduate programs in creative writing. In fall 2018 the very first trainees will enlist in a new track in literary non-fiction.

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