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Pelster-Wiebe Awarded a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers

Angela Pelster-Wiebe, a professor who teaches nonfiction writing in the Creative Writing Program, is one of four Minnesotans to receive a 2021 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers Loft Award for Creative Prose. There were 88 submissions this year.

The Loft Literary Center partners with the McKnight Foundation to offer fellowships to Minnesota writers. The fellowships are judged by prominent American authors and editors, and the winners, all from Minnesota, are awarded $25,000 each. This year Hanif Abdurraqib judged the creative prose.

In addition to the McKnight Fellowship, Pelster-Wiebe has won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award in Nonfiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for her book Limber (Sarabande Books, 2014). She’s been a Katharine Bakeless Nason Bread Loaf Fellow in nonfiction and a Minnesota State Arts Board grantee, and she was an Iowa Arts fellow during her MFA at the University of Iowa.

Pelster-Wiebe’s new book, City Symphony: A History in Accumulations, is forthcoming with Mad Creek Books in 2022.


Written by staff.