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2017 McKnight Artist Fellowships


The Loft Literary Center has announced the 2017 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers. Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions, including the five Hamline faculty and alums! Read the full announcement at the Loft.

We are thrilled to congratulate Brian Farrey, a 2009 graduate of Hamline's MFA program, on being selected as this year's recipient of the McKnight Fellowship in Children’s Literature!

Megan Atwood (MFAC ’09 & faculty) and Jane O’Reilly (MFAC ’09) received honorable mentions in Children's Literature. 

Tami Mohamed Brown (MFA ’09) and Juliet Patterson (faculty) received honorable mentions in Creative Prose. 

about Brian farrey, 2017 Mcknight fellow in children's lit

Brian Farrey's debut novel, With or Without You, was named a Stonewall honor book by the American Library Association and was the 2012 Minnesota Book Award winner for Young People’s literature. The first book in his critically acclaimed middle grade fantasy trilogy, The Vengekeep Prophecies, was named a Junior Library Guild selection and appeared on the Winter 2012–2013 Kids’ Indie Next List. His most recent novel, The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse, was named one of Kirkus Reviews "Best Children's Books of 2016." He lives in the Twin Cities with his husband. 

Read more on his website: brainfarreybooks.com

ABOUT the honorable mentions

Megan Atwood lives and works in Minneapolis, MN. She has written over 35 children's books and teaches creative writing at Hamline University. When she is not writing books or teaching, she is inflicting love and affection on her cats and dreaming up more characters to keep her company. Website

Tami Mohamed Brown holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University. She was a recent writer/artist in residence at Devil's Tower National Monument and has been the recipient of a MN Emerging Writer's Grant, a Loft Mentor Series Award, and a Blacklock Nature Sanctuary Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Brevity, Mizna, Sweet, and elsewhere. Tami lives in Bloomington and finds inspiration on her daily bus commute to her office job in downtown Minneapolis.

Jane O'Reilly grew up in a very old house on a Mississippi River bluff in Fort Snelling, Minnesota. Jane is the recipient of a McKnight Fellowship in Screenwriting and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. Her debut novel, The Secret of Goldenrod, was named one of Kirkus Reviews "Best Children's Books of 2016." She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, dog, and cat in a hundred-year-old house that creaks in the night. Website

Juliet Patterson is the author of Threnody and The Truant Lover (Nightboat Books) and the chapbooks Epilogue and Dirge. Her poems and essays have appeared widely in numerous magazines. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and son. Website 

About the Fellowships

Now in its 36th year, the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers provide Minnesota writers of demonstrated ability with an opportunity to work on their writing for a concentrated period of time. Five $25,000 fellowships are awarded. One Award in Children’s Literature alternates annually between writers for children under the age of eight and writers for older readers. Four fellowships alternate annually between writers of poetry/spoken word poetry and writers of creative prose. Writers must have either published a book in the genre in which they are applying, or have a significant number of publications in literary magazines. The Loft McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers are supported by the McKnight Foundation.