December 18, 2015 at 8:13 am

English Alum Wins NEA Grant for Work Documenting Appalachian Lives

Alison Stine

Alison Stine ’13Ph.D.

In the first grant announcement of its 50th anniversary year, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded individual creative writing fellowships of $25,000 each to 37 fiction and creative nonfiction writers, including Alison Stine, a 2013 graduate of Ohio University’s Ph.D. program in Creative Writing.

“I’m enormously grateful to @NEAarts for supporting my work documenting Appalachian lives,” writes Stine on Twitter.

Stine was selected from among 1,763 eligible applicants by 23 readers and panelists. Through its creative writing fellowships program, the National Endowment for the Arts gives writers the time and space to create, revise, conduct research, and connect with readers.

Stine ‘s NEA grant is for her work in nonfiction. For the past several years, she has been writing and reporting on Appalachian, Ohio, true stories of poverty, history, and art. Her work that won the NEA was about street artists in one of the poorest counties in Ohio.

Stine plans to use the grant to continue her work writing about Ohio. Her next published pieces will be appearing soon in West Branch and Jezebel.

“Since its inception, the creative writing fellowship program has awarded more than $45 million to a diverse group of more than 3,000 writers, many of them emerging writers at the start of their careers,” said NEA Director of Literature Amy Stolls. “These 37 extraordinary new fellows provide more evidence of the NEA’s track record of discovering and supporting excellent writers.”

Since 1990, 81 of the 138 American recipients of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Fiction were previous NEA creative writing fellows.

About Alison Stine

Her first novel, Supervision, was published by HarperCollins/HarperVoyagerUK in 2015. She is also the author Wait (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), Ohio Violence (University of North Texas Press, 2009), and Lot of My Sister (The Kent State University Press, 2001). Her previous awards include the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

Stine has taught fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting and screenwriting, essay writing, and visual art at Fordham University, Gettysburg College, Grand Valley State University, the University of Maryland, and Ohio University. She has been a Faculty Instructor at the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University for 15 years.

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