Fiction writer and Professor of Creative Writing, Emeritus, Edmund White has been awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Career Achievement in American Fiction. The biannual award recognizes a living American author whose scale of achievement in fiction, over a sustained career, places him or her in the highest rank of American literature.
Five Lewis Center faculty members have received 2017 Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Lecturer in Creative Writing Phil Klay for Fiction; Visiting Associate Professor and Belknap Visiting Fellow Aaron Landsman for Drama and Performance Art; Lecturer in Creative Writing Fiona Maazel for Fiction; Visiting Professor of Creative Writing Claudia Rankine for Poetry; and Director of the Program in Music Theater and Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf in the category of Theatre Arts for her forthcoming book, "Beyond Broadway: Four Seasons of Amateur Musical Theatre in the U.S."
Lecturer in Creative Writing Monica Youn’s latest book of poems, Blackacre, has been longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award in Poetry. A book by poet Kevin Young, who was the 2014-15 Holmes Visiting Professor in the Program in Creative Writing, has also been included.
On June 9 novelist Akhil Sharma, who graduated from Princeton University in 1992, won the International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Family Life. The novel tells the story of eight-year-old Ajay, whose family move from Delhi to America in 1978. Life in America is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land.
Poet Eduardo C. Corral has been selected as the latest recipient of the Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize awarded by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University. The Holmes National Poetry Prize was established in memory of Princeton 1951 alumnus Theodore H. Holmes and is presented each year to a poet of special merit as selected by the faculty of the Creative Writing Program. The award currently carries a prize of $5,000.
A film by Lydia Cornett '16, a certificate student in the Program in Visual Arts' track in Film/Video, won First Place in the College/Independent category at the 2015 New Jersey Young Filmmakers Festival. Cornett wrote, directed and edited her film, Headphones, which tells the story of how a pair of headphones has an unexpected effect on its listener.
Princeton University senior and Program in Theater certificate student Katherine Clifton was first inspired to write a play about hostility between the Serbs and Romani people while participating in Princeton's Bridge Year Program. Five years later, she will do just that as the 2015 winner of the Martin Dale Fellowship.
Poet Matt Rasmussen has been selected as the latest recipient of the Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize awarded by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University.
Program in Creative Writing senior certificate student Yessica Martinez has been named one of two recipients of the Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize to spend a year pursuing international civic engagement projects after graduation. The $30,000 prize will support a project by Yessica Martinez in Colombia and Princeton senior Damaris Miller in Nepal and India.
College Factual has compiled a list of the top places in the U.S. to earn a degree in fine and studio arts. The Program in Visual Arts at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University has been honored with spot number 6 out of 10 colleges.
Dancer, choreographer, and 2014-15 Hodder Fellow Nora Chipaumire has received a 2014 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for Outstanding Revival for Dark Swan, a solo reimagined as a powerful group piece and performed by Urban Bush Women at The Joyce Theater.
Poet Natalie Diaz has been selected as the latest recipient of the Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize awarded by the Program in Creative Writing. Diaz is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec.
Princeton alum Branden Jacobs-Jenkins '06 was awarded the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play at the 59th annual OBIE Awards ceremony on May 19 in New York City. Jacobs-Jenkins was honored for his two Off Broadway plays this season: Appropriate at the Signature Theater and An Octoroon at Soho Rep.