A MacArthur Fellow, the co-directors of the Mojave School in Pahrump, 2 “5 Under 35” recipients from the National Book Foundation, a daring poet and cultural critic, and a nationally known essayist are amongst the noted authors who will take up residence at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI) at UNLV for the literary center’s 2018-19 season.
“From its beginning, BMI’s fellows have brought a shock of energy and vitality to our arts neighborhood,” stated Joshua Wolf Shenk, the institute’s executive and artistic director. “This coming year represents a striking advance, both for the breadth and quality of our guests and the number of neighborhood partners who have signed up with forces to support them, make space for them, and invite them to this not likely literary town.”
BMI’s 2018-2019 writers-in-residence will also include factors and editors for The Follower publication in addition to 2 new fellows in BMI’s distinguished program for creative writers making their Ph.D. s in English literature.
The checking out fellows and writers-in-residence are:
Hanif Abdurraqib, Shearing Fellow, is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His very first collection of poems The Crown Ain’t Worth Much was launched by Button Poetry in 2016 and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Tradition Award. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Eliminate Us Up Until They Kill Us, was released to crucial acclaim in November 2017 by 2 Dollar Radio. His next projects are Proceed In The Rain, a book on A People Called Quest due out in 2019 by University of Texas Press, and They Don’t Dance No Mo’, due out from Random Home in 2020.
Lesley Nneka Arimah, Shearing Fellow, was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria and any place else her dad was stationed for work. She has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award and the Caine Reward, and a winner of the African Commonwealth Narrative Prize and an O. Henry Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and GRANTA and has gotten support from The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, and MacDowell, to name a few. She was chosen for the National Book Structure’s “5 Under 35.” Her debut collection, What It Means When a Man Falls From The Sky, won the 2017 Kirkus Prize.
Camille Bromley, Tran Thi Oanh Writer-in-Residence at The Juhl, is a features editor at The Believer and social networks editor for the Out of Eden Stroll, a National Geographic job. She is a previous associate editor of Harper’s Magazine and resides in Brooklyn.
Susana Ferreira, Saltman Fellow & & Writer-in-Residence at The Leader, is a Portuguese-Canadian freelance reporter, manufacturer, and longform writer for publications and movie. As a reporter and stringer, she has filed stories from throughout the world for major dailies, wires, television news networks, and radio. She speaks 5 languages– 6, if you count “Toronto English.”
Amanda Fortini, Shearing Fellow, has actually written for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Wanderer, The New Republic, and The Paris Review, among many others. She has actually been the William Kittredge Going To Teacher at the University of Montana. She is a contributing editor at Elle Publication, where she writes about culture, feminism, and women’s concerns. Her essays have been extensively anthologized, including in Best American Political Writing and Finest of Slate, and she was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award. She is currently dealing with a book about Las Vegas.
Sarah Marshall, Writer-in-Residence, grew up in Oregon and Hawaii and earned an MFA in fiction at Portland State University. Her writing has appeared in The New Republic, BuzzFeed, and The Believer, among other publications, and she co-hosts You’re Incorrect About, a podcast about misremembered history. A former future scholastic, she is now a traveling housesitter, babysitter, sled dog handler, and journalist.
Derek Palacio, Shearing Fellow, is the author of the novella Ways to Shake the Other Man and the novel The Mortifications. He is the co-director, with Claire Vaye Watkins, of the Mojave School, a free imaginative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.
Sreshtha Sen, Saltman Fellow, is an author from Delhi, India, and one of the founding editors of The Coastline Evaluation, an online journal for and by South Asian poets. She studied Literatures in English at Delhi University and finished her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published in Bitch Media, Breakwater Review, The Margins, MACK, and Meridian. She was the 2017-18 McCrindle Foundation Fellow for Readings/Workshops at Poets & & Writers.
Claire Vaye Watkins, Shearing Fellow, is a Guggenheim Fellow. She is the author of the novel Gold Popularity Citrus and the story collection Battleborn, which won the Story Reward, the Dylan Thomas Reward, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Household Structure Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. A recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, Watkins was also among the National Book Structure’s “5 Under 35.”
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Elias Ghanem Chair, is an independent reporter best known for her 2003 nonfiction book Random Family: Love, Drugs, Problem, and Coming of Age in the Bronx. The book has actually gotten lots of awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Ron Ridenhour Book Reward. In 2006, she was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2010, Random Household was named one of the Top 10 Works of Journalism of the Years by the Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism at NYU.
Niela Orr, BMI Writer-in-Residence at The Juhl, is an author from Philadelphia. She is an interviews editor of The Believer, a columnist for The Baffler, and a contributing editor of The Organist podcast. Her writing has also appeared in the New york city Times Book Evaluation, Elle, BuzzFeed, and McSweeney’s Quarterly.
The new fellows and writers-in-residence will join Hossein Abkenar, the Kenneth Barlow City of Asylum Fellow, who is presently in home at BMI.
BMI fellowships are supported by various private and community sources. The Shearing family supports the Shearing Fellowship; The Tran Thi Oanh Fellowship will support sees from Vietnamese-American authors; the Elias Ghanem Chair will assist kick-start UNLV’s brand-new nonfiction program in innovative writing; and Sonja and Michael Saltman will support two emerging writers who will start BMI’s prominent Ph.D. fellowships.
In addition, Juhl, a loft-style community in downtown Las Vegas, has actually partnered with BMI to create a studio and occasion area. BMI also continues its work with The Pioneer, an advancement stewarded by architect and BMI board member Christopher Goya.