Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowships Announced
September 5th, 2013

The 2013 Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship recipients are Laila Lalami and Hannah Tinti.  These annual Awards are given to two Hedgebrook writers in residence who receive top scores in our blind selection process. The Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship are part of our Women Authoring Change Fellowship program.

 

Laila Lalami is the author of the short story collection Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and the novel Secret Son, which was on the Orange Prize longlist. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, the New York Times, and in numerous anthologies. Her work has been translated into ten languages. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship and is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. Her new novel, The Moor’s Account, tells the story of the first black explorer of America, a Moroccan slave who was part of the Narváez expedition to Florida in 1527.  It will be published by Pantheon in 2014. 

"What unexpected and delightful news! I am thrilled and honored to receive the Elizabeth George Foundation Women Authoring Change fellowship. There are so many women who labor every day, sometimes in difficult circumstances, to produce good art. Sometimes, the work is noticed, but often it is ignored. And so to be recognized in this way for my work feels like an exceptional gift. Thank you to the Elizabeth George Foundation and to Hedgebrook for nurturing a community of women writers."

 

  

Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner up for the PEN/Hemmingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award, winner of the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, and winner of  the Quality Paperback Club's New Voices Award.

Hannah is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine, and received the 2009 PEN/Nora Magid award for excellence in editing. Recently, she joined the Public Radio program, Selected Shorts, as their Literary Commentator.

"In my 'day job,' I work tirelessly to edit, publish, and celebrate other authors, but over the past few years, family health issues have prevented me from focusing on my own writing. I am so grateful for the Elizabeth George Foundation, for supporting Hedgebrook and enabling me to have this residency. This fellowship could not have come at a better moment. The gift of time--it is so precious!"