ANNOUNCING THE 2018 - 2019 RESIDENTIAL FELLOWS & WRITERS-IN-RESIDENCE
A MacArthur fellow, the co-directors of the Mojave School in Pahrump, two “5 Under 35” recipients from the National Book Foundation, a daring poet and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, and an essayist who writes for Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and California Sunday will take up residence at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI) at UNLV for the international literary center’s 2018-19 season.
BMI’s 2018-2019 writers-in-residence will also include contributors and editors for The Believer Magazine, as well as two new fellows in BMI’s prestigious program for creative writers earning their PhDs in English literature.
SHEARING FELLOW | APRIL 2019
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems The Crown Ain't Worth Much was released by Button Poetry in 2016, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released to critical acclaim in November 2017 by Two Dollar Radio. His next projects are Go Ahead In The Rain, a book on A Tribe Called Quest due out in 2019 by University of Texas Press, and They Don't Dance No Mo', due out from Random House in 2020.
SHEARING FELLOW | SPRING 2019
LESLEY NNEKA ARIMAH
Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria and wherever else her father was stationed for work. She has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award and the Caine Prize, and a winner of the African Commonwealth Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Award, and other honors. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, GRANTA and has received support from The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, and MacDowell, among others. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 and her debut collection What It Means When a Man Falls From The Sky won the 2017 Kirkus Prize. She lives in Minneapolis and is working on a novel about you.
JUHL WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE | NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2018
Camille Bromley is a features editor at The Believer and social media editor for the Out of Eden Walk, a National Geographic project. She is a former associate editor of Harper's Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn. Camille’s two-month stay in Las Vegas was made possible by the Tran Thi Oahn Fund for the Black Mountain Institute.
SHEARING FELLOW | SPRING 2019
Amanda Fortini has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The Paris Review, New York, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Wired, Slate and Salon, among other publications. She has worked as an editor at Mirabella, The New York Review of Books, and Slate, and has been the William Kittredge Visiting Professor at the University of Montana. Her essays have been widely anthologized, including in Best American Political Writing and Best of Slate, and she was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award. After several semesters as a lecturer in journalism at UNLV’s Greenspun College for Urban Affairs, Fortini has contributed articles and essays on Las Vegas, including several for The New Yorker, and an acclaimed cover story California Sunday.
Elias Ghanem Chair | FEBRUARY 2019
ADRIAN NICOLE LE BLANC
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is an independent journalist who is best known for her 2003 nonfiction book Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, which chronicles the struggles of two young women as they deal with love, growing families, poverty, and prison time. The book took more than ten years to research and write and has received many awards, among them the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Ron Ridenhour Book Prize. In 2006, she was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2010, Random Family was named one of the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade by the Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism at NYU.
Writer-in-Residence | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018
Sarah Marshall 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 Wrong About, a podcast about misremembered history. A former future academic, she is now a traveling housesitter, babysitter, sled dog handler, and journalist.
Writer-in-Residence | AUGUST-OCTOBER 2018
Niela Orr is a writer 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 Times Book Review, Elle, BuzzFeed, and McSweeney's Quarterly.
SHEARING FELLOW | FALL 2018
Derek Palacio is the author of the novella How 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 creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.
SHEARING FELLOW | FALL 2018
CLAIRE VAYE WATKINS
Claire Vaye Watkins grew up in the Mojave Desert, in Tecopa, California and across the state line in Pahrump, Nevada. A Guggenheim Fellow, she is the author of the novel Gold Fame Citrus and the story collection Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, Freeman’s, The Paris Review, Story Quarterly, New American Stories, Best of the West, The New Republic, The New York Times, and many others. A recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, Claire was also one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”
Visiting Writer | MArch-April 2019
James Yeh is a writer and features editor at The Believer. His fiction, nonfiction, and other literary work have appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Dissent, Tin House, The Outline, NOON, Harper's, Playboy, and elsewhere. A founding editor of Gigantic and former culture editor at VICE, he is the recipient of fellowships from the Center for Fiction, MacDowell Colony, and Hub City Writers Project. Born and raised in South Carolina, he now lives in Brooklyn.
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