Congratulations to Professor Peter Ho Davies and program alum Celeste Ng, who have both been awarded a 2016 Creative Writing Fellowship in Prose by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

These annual grants are given to emerging and established writers and alternate between poetry and prose. A group of twenty-three readers and panelists chose the recipients from 1,763 applications; there were 37 recipients this year.

“Since its inception, the creative writing fellowship program has awarded more than forty-five million dollars to a diverse group of more than three thousand writers, many of them emerging writers at the start of their careers,” said Amy Stolls, the NEA’s director of literature programs. “These thirty-seven extraordinary new fellows provide more evidence of the NEA’s track record of discovering and supporting excellent writers.”

NEA fellows receive twenty-five thousand dollars for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.