13 November 2008

And Again more happiness: USA Fellowship grants

From Poets and Writers:

Harryette Mullen and Barry Hannah Among This Year's USA Fellows

United States Artists (USA) today announced the recipients of the third annual USA Fellowship grants. The nine literature fellows for 2008 are poets Forrest Gander, Laura Kasischke, Lê Thi Diem Thúy, Joy Harjo, A. Van Jordan, and Harryette Mullen, novelists Barry Hannah and Tayari Jones, and nonfiction writer Jeff Chang.

Full list with photos here

UberBlogging Ms Jones (shown here with fellow USA Fellow, Cave Canem's own A Van Jordan) in the house! The next award's gonna be for your photographs, right? Stay by your phones, friends -- I'll be making calls asking for a little 'Economic Stimulus Package' from you VERY soon:)

Cheers, ya'll!

I want to give a special Congratulations to two Elders on the list: jazz giant Muhal Richard Abrams, co-founder of the great Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and the magnificent multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader Henry Threadgill. His 1995 recording Makin' a Move is one of the pieces of music I MUST have with me every time I travel, and is a continuing source of inspiration. I can never seem to get enough of it....

Congrats to all!

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