A talented roster of Detroit-area winners
Published: June 26, 2013
It’s that time of year again. Kresge Arts in Detroit has announced this year’s 18 Kresge Artist Fellowships for Detroit-area literary and visual artists. Each of the fellowships includes an unrestricted prize of $25,000, rewarding creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines.
The 2013 Kresge Artist Fellows are:
LITERARY ARTS FELLOWS
TERRY BLACKHAWK Terry Blackhawk is the author of several collections of poetry including The Light Between (Wayne State University Press, 2012) and Escape Artist (BkMk Press, 2003), which received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. Her most recent work is included in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Collagist, Verse Daily, Poetry Daily and Nimrod International Journal, which awarded her the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize. In 1995, while teaching creative writing for Detroit Public Schools, she founded InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a nonprofit writers-in-schools program. InsideOut serves more than 5,000 children and youth in classrooms and communities throughout Detroit and has twice been honored by the White House. terrymblackhawk.com
ADRIENNE MAREE BROWN Adrienne Maree Brown is a writer, science fiction scholar, facilitator, artist and doula living in Detroit. She sees all of her work as healing trauma and creating possibilities. After years of social justice facilitation, including work as executive director of the Ruckus Society, national co-coordinator of the United States Social Forum, and facilitator of the Detroit Food Justice Task Force, she is convinced that speculative fiction is one way to envision futures that generate individual and community transformation. She studied at Columbia University in New York, and is now in teacher training for somatics. adriennemareebrown.net/blog
ARTHUR R. LABREW Arthur R. LaBrew, a music scholar, was born in Detroit and studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he graduated in 1952 with a major in piano. He then studied under the noted Renaissance expert, Gustave Reese, at the Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated in 1955 with a major in musicology. He pursued further music study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Upon returning to Detroit, he became a teacher at the Detroit Settlement Music School and Wayne County Community College. He began a serious study of musicians of color throughout the world, including Elizabeth T. Greenfield and Francis Johnson. His current work in progress is titled International Dictionary of Musicians of Color: From Antiquity to the End of the 20th Century.
CARYLOREN Cary Loren’s writing career began with self-published art zines in the 1970s. Loren has published one obscure novella in Dutch, poetry (as lyricist for Destroy All Monsters and Monster Island) and maintains a blog where he posts essays on the arts. His works in progress include a book-length study of the Detroit Artists Workshop and biographical text for a photography book on Leni Sinclair. His interests lie in regional histories, collage and the fragmentation and collision of culture and politics. Occasionally, Loren makes zines, videos, music and art. Together with his wife Colleen Kammer, Loren runs Book Beat, an independent bookstore in Oak Park, where he facilitates a discussion group on world literature. thebookbeat.com
DUNYA MIKHAIL Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq and is the author of The War Works Hard (New Directions, 2005), which was named one of “Twenty-Five Books to Remember from 2005” by the New York Public Library. Her Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea (New Directions, 2009) won the 2010 Arab American Book Award. Mikhail has six poetry books in Arabic; the most recent one is The Iraqi Nights (Mesopotamia Press, Baghdad, 2013). In 2001, she was awarded the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. She currently lives in Michigan and works as an Arabic lecturer at Oakland University. dunyamikhail.com
CHACE ‘MIC WRITE’ MORRIS Chace “Mic Write” Morris, a slam poet, is the 2010 Detroit Grand Slam Champion and the 2010 Rustbelt Individual Slam Champion, and is a former member of four Detroit National Slam Teams. Morris was featured in the Metro Times list of “Top 5 Poets in Detroit” and has opened for acts such as Talib Kweli, The Last Poets, and RZA of the Wu Tang Clan. Morris is a member of the acclaimed hip-hop collective Cold Men Young and is a writer-in-residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Project, teaching creative writing in local schools.
PEREGRINE WORKSHOP: ANDREA + GARY URBIEL GOLDNER Peregrine Workshop: Andrea + Gary Urbiel Goldner employ vocabulary and expertise from the disciplines of ecology, mathematics, kinesiology, visual art, engineering and landscape architecture. They tell the story of places using verbal and visual methods. Their recent work includes a U.S. Department of State Fulbright project, Community Appliances: Resilient Places in the City Landscape. Their work-in-progress includes a children’s book in English, Moroccan Arabic, French, Arabic and Spanish about community ovens and other neighborhood spaces in North Africa. The book represents the first of many planned about community spaces around the world, meant to encourage young community members to consider how places are made and how they fit into them.
CAROLYN WALKER Carolyn Walker’s creative nonfiction has appeared in literary journals such as The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Hunger Mountain, The Writer’s Chronicle, and Columbia: A Journal of Letters and Arts. Her essay “Christian Becomes a Blur” was nominated by the editors of Crazyhorse for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a contributing author to the anthology Gravity Pulls You In: Perspectives on Parenting a Child on the Autism Spectrum. She is a writing instructor for The Writer’s Digest and Springfed Arts.
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