Three Creative Writing Alumni Awarded NEA Fellowships

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Two Writing Program alumni and one undergraduate Creative Writing alumna were among those awarded creative writing fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The two Writing Program alumni who received fellowships are Camille Rankine ’09 and Diana Marie Delgado ’08, both poets. Poet Morgan Parker ’10, a graduate of the undergraduate creative writing program at Columbia College, received a fellowship as well.

Rankine (no relation to fellow Writing Program alumna Claudia Rankine ’93) has put out two collections of poetry—Slow Dance with Trip Wire (2011), a chapbook, and Incorrect Merciful Impulses (2016)—and has published poems in Boston Review, The Baffler, and Tin House, among other publications.

Delgado has put out one chapbook—Late-Nite Talks with Men I Think I Trust (2015)—and has published work in TriQuartlerly and Fishouse, among other publications.

Parker published her first book, Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night, in 2015; her second, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, is forthcoming this year. Her poems have appeared in the New York Times and the Paris Review, and others.

Rankine, Delgado, and Parker were among dozens of other creative writers who also received the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship this year. According to its website, the NEA was founded by Congress in 1965 to give “Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.”

Though not yet confirmed by the White House, ArtNews, Variety, and other publications devoted to literature and the arts have reported that the Trump Administration is considering defunding the NEA and NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) as part of a host of budget cuts aimed at curtailing government spending. If true, Rankine, Parker, and Delgado could be among the final recipients of these annual grants that have regularly supported the creative work of School of the Arts students and alumni.

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