It is with a huge amount of excitement, shock, and joy that I am able to announce that I have been awarded a 2014 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship in Prose for my novel-in-progress, 1985. I am incredibly proud, and humbled, to have received this prestigious honor.
It is, honestly, something that I have not fully processed. I've known for quite some time, since I received a mysterious phone call from a D.C. area code incredibly early in the morning one day back in November, and ignored it. After checking my voice mail, I realized that it was something I wished I'd gotten up early for. I can neither confirm nor deny how much ecstatic giggling or celebratory dancing took place in my kitchen that morning, but you can probably extrapolate.
I want to express my sincere and most heartfelt thanks to the selection committee and everyone at the NEA for selecting my work. I would also like to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point--you are too plentiful to name now, but believe that you will get full credit in the Acknowledgements of the book...whenever I finish the thing.
Both the release and the full list including this incredibly grateful writer, are linked below.
List of recipients
Press Release Here
Matt Sailor puts words here.