Current News & Media Coverage

Current News & Media

Congratulations to Victoria Redel (writing Fellow 1986-1987), who was awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in literature.  Her most recent book is Make Me Do Things: Stories.  

photo to (c) 2011 Marion Ettlinger



Summer Program: faculty member Vijay Seshadri wins the Pulitzer for poetry.

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Zachary Lazar (writing Fellow 1994-1995) has an acclaimed new novel, I Pity the Poor Immigrant, published by Little, Brown and Company.  Rachel Kushner writes that the book "is a work of intricate and precise mystery, a book that is like a bold monument in an empty desert, a thing built of dread, and silences, and dazzling elegance, by a worldly and masterful hand." 

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Jacolby Satterwhite (Visual Arts Fellow 2011-2012 and 2012-2013) appears on Charlie Rose 

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Poet Major Jackson (writing Fellow 2000-2001) has been elected the new Chair of the Fine Arts Work Center's Writing Committee

We are proud to announce that poet Major Jackson (writing Fellow 2000-2001) has been elected the new Chair of the Fine Arts Work Center's Writing Committee, which has overseen all aspects of the Writing Fellowship program since 1969.

Major is the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company (W.W. Norton, 2010) and Hoops (W.W. Norton, 2006), both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry, and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia, 2002), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle.  He is also a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress.  Major is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at the University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars.  He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell and currently serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.  

Major succeeds Roger Skillings (writing Fellow 1969-1970, 1970-1971).   A member of the very first group of Writing Fellows in 1969, Roger has been the Work Center's stalwart supporter for 46 years, including a long tenure as Chair of the Writing Committee; Roger will remain a member of the Writing Committee, where we will continue to benefit from his erudition, discernment, and friendship.  Roger is the author of several novels and story collections, including Ptown Stories or the Meatrack, How Many Die, Obsidian, Where The Time Goes, and Alternative Lives, and the poetry collection A Memory for Marisa Rose.  His new collection, Summer Nights, is forthcoming this year. 



Ari Banias (writing Fellow 2011-2012, 2013-2014) has won the 2014 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America for his poem "On Pockets."  Ari was also recently awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in poetry to Stanford University.

ARI BANIAS is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.  His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast,  DIAGRAM, Guernica, FIELD, Subtropics, and elsewhere, and he’s the author of a chapbook, What’s Personal is Being Here With All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2012).  This fall, he will be a Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford

Denis Johnson (writing Fellow 1981-1982) has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Letters, one of the highest honors in the arts.  He joins Fine Arts Work Center Fellows Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Cunningham, Louise Glück, and Yusef Komunyakaa as an academician.
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Sara Eliza Johnson (writing Fellow 2009-2010) has won the National Poetry Series, and her first collection, Bone Map, will be published by Milkweed Editions in Fall 2014.  Her winning manuscript was selected by judge Martha Collins.
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Fiona McFarlane's debut novel, The Night Guest, is a finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, sponsored by the Los Angeles Times.  Fiona was a fiction Fellow in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008.
Read more in the New York Times here

In Memory of Maxine Kumin (1925-2014)
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin was a longtime friend and supporter of the Fine Arts Work Center, as well as being a regular faculty member in the Summer Program.  Her work had a great impact on American letters, and she will be missed by the Provincetown community and all who were lucky enough to spend time with her here.


Read more in the New York Times here





Visual Arts Fellow Alejandro Guzman participates in a group show called "American Beauty" in New York.

Read the review in the New York Times here

Congratulations to Visual Arts Fellow Golnar Adili (2010-2011, 2011-2012) who has won this year's Pollock-Krasner award.Golnar will also be having a two person show in the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA called "Dispcaments: The craft practices of Golnar Adili and Samira Yamin" January 26-April 27. Opening reception Saturday, January 25 6-9pm.


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Poetry Fellow Sarah Rose Nordgren (2008-2009, 2011-2012) has been named the winner of the 2013 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press for her debut collection, Best Bones, which will be published in fall of 2014


Sarah Rose Nordgren's poems have recently appeared, or are forthcoming, in several publications, including Agni, The Iowa Review, Pleiades, The Harvard Review, Ploughshares, The Literary Review, 32 Poems, and the Best New Poets anthology.  She is also the winner of the 2012 James Wright Poetry Award from Mid-American Review and a two-time fellowship recipient from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Nordgren earned degrees from Sarah Lawrence College (B.A.) and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (M.F.A), where she held the Fred Chappell Fellowship. (photo: Daniel Dyar)










Visual Arts Fellow Collette Fu in Wired Magazine:

A Mind-Blowing Pop-Up Book Shows China’s Vanishing Tribes

COLETTE FU has been making pop-up books for the better part of five years. The Philadelphia-based artist brings her photography to life by adding traditional moveable book mechanisms like pull tabs, rotating disks and complicated folds. She’s made pop-ups about her travels, done work for commercial clients like Sephora and documented oddball places like the National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Jacolby Satterwhite (Visual Arts Fellow 2011-2012 and 2012-2013) has been selected for the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

The Fine Arts Work Center is pleased to announce Jacolby Satterwhite's participation in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, curated by Anthony Elms, Stuart Comer and Michelle Grabner.

Jacolby is a multimedia artist, born in Columbia, South Carolina. He received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. He's participated in residencies at Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. His work has been included in group exhibitions and performances at Exit Art, Rush Arts Gallery, The Kitchen, MoMA PS1, The Studio Museum of Harlem and the Smithsonian Institution. Jacolby is a recipient of the Van Lier Grant, the Experimental TV Center NYSCA Grant, and the Toby Devan Lewis Award. 

His second solo exhibition with Monya Rowe Gallery is forthcoming, March 2nd - April 20 2014.


Salvatore Scibona (Fiction Fellow 2001-2002, 2002-2003) is the winner of this year's Ellen Levine Award for his novel-in-progress Where In the World Is William Wurs?

We would like to congratulate Salvatore Scibona (fiction Fellow 2001-2002, 2002-2003) on winning this year's Ellen Levine Award for his novel-in-progress Where In the World Is William Wurs? 

This award is sponsored by the New York Community Trust and the Ellen Levine Fund for Writers, and the manuscript was chosen by judges Joanna Scott, John Dufresne, and Peter Orner.

Salvatore Scibona's first novel, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library; The End is published or forthcoming in seven languages.  A former FAWC Fellow and a graduate of St. John's College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, an O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a Whiting Writers' Award.  In 2010 he was named one of the New Yorker's "20 Under 40" writers to watch. His short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, A Public Space, and Harper's.  He is a visiting professor in creative writing at Wesleyan University and has been on the staff of the Work Center since 2004. 






Provincetown welcomes 2013-'14 Fine Arts Work Center fellows

By Deborah Minsky

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Amanda Coplin, author of The Orchardist and a Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellow from 2008-2009, has just been awarded a 2013 Whiting Foundation Writers' Award in Fiction. She is also featured on the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" list of rising young fiction writers. read more...


Nicole Terez Dutton (Writing Fellow 2011-2012) is Mass Poetry's October Poet in the Spotlight.


Nicole Terez Dutton's work has appeared in CallalooPloughshares32 PoemsIndiana Review and Salt Hill Journal.  Nicole earned an MFA from Brown University and has received fellowships from the Frost Place, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her collection of poems, If One Of Us Should Fallwas selected as the winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts and teaches in the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program, as well as Boston University and Grub Street.






Cape Cod Times has just covered our unique writer's shed raffle on its online broadcast, CapeCast. This one-of-a-kind structure was designed by artist/sculptor and Fine Arts Work Center Fellow, Bailey Bob Bailey with modernist architect Peter McMahon, Executive Director of Cape Cod Modern House Trust. It was custom built and generously donated by Cape Associates, Inc.

Read the story in Cape Cod Times, Sunday, October 6, 2013 here.


The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown is pleased to welcome it newest staff members, James Everett Stanley and Matthew Neill Null, who together will coordinate The Work Center’s renowned Fellowship program. James Stanley, Visual Arts Fellow 2002-2003, will work with the 10 incoming Visual Arts Fellows. And Matthew Neill Null, Writing Fellow 2011-2012, will work with this year’s 10 incoming Writing Fellows.


James Everett Stanley received his MFA in painting from Columbia University. A 2002-2003 Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, he is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was awarded a Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio Program fellowship. His paintings and drawings have been shown widely, including solo and group exhibitions at Freight & Volume Gallery in New York, Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Miami, and Kinkead Contemporary in Los Angeles— where his 2011 solo show "Let It Burn" was cited by the Huffington Post as one of the Top 10 Painting Shows in the US.



Matthew Neill Null is a writer from West Virginia, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a winner of the O. Henry Award for the short story. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Oxford America, PEN / O.Henry Prize Stories, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, West Branch, and Mississippi Review, among other journals. He has received writing fellowships from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, the Fine Arts Work Center, the University of Iowa, and the Jentel Foundation.




Cape Associates, Inc. built and generously donated a remarkable writer's shed for The Fine Arts Work Center's raffle. Here's what Cape Associates, Inc. just shared in its most recent newsletter.


Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winner and Fine Arts Work Center Writing fellow 2000-01, just released his highly-anticipated new novel, Enon. The New Yorker writes, "His prose is steeped in a visionary, transcendentalist tradition that echoes Blake, Rilke, Emerson, and Thoreau, and makes for a darkly intoxicating read."


Paul Harding is also the author of the novel Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnell College.


Nathalie Miebach, a Fine Arts Work Center Visual Fellow from 2006-07 and 2007-08, has a new exhibition, "Nathalie Miebach: Changing Waters," at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles running from September 29, 2013 through January 5, 2014.

"When you look at the colorful, fanciful sculptures of the Boston artist Nathalie Miebach, you’re probably not thinking of, say, hurricanes. But Miebach’s work, as seen in “Nathalie Miebach: Changing Waters,” an exhibition that opens on Sept. 29 at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, is a visual manifestation of complex scientific data related to astronomy, ecology and meteorology," writes Brooke Hodge in her recent story for The New York Times. read more...



Quiet Dell, the new novel by Jayne Anne Phillips (Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellow 1979-1980), was just released on October 15th.

Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of Lark and Termite, Motherkind, Shelter, and Machine Dreams, and the widely anthologized collections of stories, Fast Lanes and Black Tickets.  A National Book Award and National Book Critic’s Circle Award finalist, Phillips is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Bunting Fellowship, the Sue Kaufman Prize, and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.  She is currently Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey, where she established The Writers At Newark Reading Series.  She divides her time between Boston, New York, and Newark, New Jersey.



Jhumpa Lahiri's masterful new novel, The Lowland, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and longlisted for the National Book Award in fiction.

Jhumpa Lahiri, Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellow 1997-98, was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and author of two previous books. Her debut collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award and The New Yorker Debut of the Year. Her novel The Namesake was a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and was selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.



Lucie Brock-Broido's latest collection, Stay, Illusion, has been shortlisted for the National Book Award in poetry.

Lucie Brock-Broido, Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellow 1982-83, was born in Pittsburgh, was educated at Johns Hopkins and Columbia University, and has taught at Bennington, Princeton, Harvard (where she was a Briggs-Copeland poet), and Columbia. She is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as awards from the American Poetry Review and the Academy of American Arts and Letters. Her poetry collections, A Hunger (1988), The Master Letters (1995), Trouble in Mind (2004), and Stay, Illusion (2013), often explore obsessions and anxieties (of influence, ritual, mortality, and modernity), and use whatever is available to create vivid, sometimes disorienting, portraits of mind.