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CWP Wins Several MN State Arts Board Grants


The Minnesota State Arts Board announced the winners of its 2020 Artist Initiative Grants and six of the grantees are part of the Hamline Creative Writing Programs among numerous Water~Stone Review contributors. The Minnesota State Arts Board awards project grants to artists at all stages of their careers to support artistic development, nurture artistic creativity, and recognize the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.

Receiving Artist Initiative Grants for the 2020 are MFAC/MFA/BFA faculty member Swati Avasthi, MFA adjunct faculty John Colburn, Carolyn Holbrook, and Juliet Patterson; MFA alum Lorissa Gottschalk; and current MFA student Kristin Boldon.

Congratulations to these wonderful members of our community.

Grantee and 2020 project details:

Swati Avasthi will revise her third novel, The Art of Secret-Keeping, for submission. Along with other female writers of color, she will perform readings in the Twin Cities and hold a panel to discuss intersectionality.

Kristin Boldon will work with a mento to complete a new draft of her first memoir, Brokedown. A panel of readings and information on parenting and mental health will be held at The Coffer Shop Northeast in Minneapolis.

John Colburn will complete a manuscript of short stories set in a patch of woods in Southeastern Minnesota, adapt the stories for performance using multiple voices, and perform the work at venues around the state.

Lorissa Gottschalk will edit an anthology of Minnesota women's stories of recovery and host two writing workshops for women in all stages of recovery.

Carolyn Holbrook launches her new book in May 2020 with a reading and community conversation at a Twin Cities venue, followed by another Twin Cities and two greater Minnesota events, including guest writers from the community. Juliet Patterson will conceive, write, and produce a six-part podcast provisionally titled, I am Here to Tell You.