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Monday, December 3, 2012

LeAnne Howe wins USA Artist Fellowship

United States Artists is a philanthropic organization, started in 2005, with the mission of supporting arts and artists in the USA.  The 'about' page of their website explains that their mission is about making it possible for artists to support themselves, and one very direct way that they do that is by giving out 50 USA Fellowships each year to artists in range of artistic fields including dance, theater, architecture and design, music etc.  

And literature, which is where we come in.

I am delighted to announce that LeAnne Howe--of English and American Indian Studies--was just awarded one of the USA Fellowships for 2012.  If you click through to the list of 2012 fellows and then click the literature tab to the left of the page, you can see her there amongst the august company of other USA Fellowship winners in literature. 

Anyway, this is pretty exciting--congratulations, LeAnne!

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