Diannely Antigua, a 2019 Fine Arts Work Center Summer Program scholarship recipient and author of Ugly Music – her debut book of poetry, was recently awarded a 2020 Whiting Award. Since 1985, the Whiting Foundation has supported creative writing through the Whiting Awards, which are given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
SUMMER PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT WINS 2020 WHITING AWARD FOR POETRY
FIRELEI BÁEZ SELECTED AS THE ICA BOSTON’S 2020 WATERSHED ARTIST
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) recently selected Firelei Báez (Visual Arts Fellow 2103-2014) to open the 2020 season of its Watershed with a newly commissioned, monumental sculpture. This will be her largest sculptural installation to date. In her new work, the artist “reimagines ancient ruins as though the sea had receded from the Watershed floor to reveal the archeology of human history in the Caribbean.”
SUSAN CHOI WINS NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRUST EXERCISE
Susan Choi (Writing Fellow 1997-1998) recently won the 2019 National Book Award for fiction for Trust Exercise, her novel set in the 1980s at a competitive performing arts school, where two students fall in love. The judges praised the novel for blending “the intellectual rigor of post-modern technique with a story that is timely, mesmerizing, and in the end, unsettling.” She was also a Pulitzer finalist in 2004 for her novel, American Woman.