University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program graduate Rosebud Ben-Oni has been awarded a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in Poetry. Only 2% of applicants received this prestigious award. Rosebud Ben-Oni is also the author of Solecism (Virtual Artists’ Collective, 2013) and a CantoMundo Fellow. She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Master of the Fine Arts in Poetry, and was awarded grants from the American Jewish League for Israel and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

For its Artists’ Fellowship Program, the New York Foundation for the Arts has awarded a total of $630,000 to 93 artists (including three collaborations) throughout New York State in the following disciplines: crafts/sculpture; digital/electronic art; non-fiction literature; poetry, and printmaking/drawing/artist books. Now in its 29th year, the Artists’ Fellowship Program makes unrestricted cash grants of $7,000 to artists working in 15 disciplines, five per year on a triennial basis. The program is highly competitive and this year’s recipients and finalists were selected by discipline specific peer panels from an applicant pool of 4,117.

Since it was launched in 1985, the program has awarded over $27 million to more than 4,000 artists. NYFA’s Artists’ Fellowships are administered by NYFA with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, and the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation. The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives.