MacArthur Foundation Announces 2016 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

September 22, 2016 4:01 AM

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MacArthur Foundation Announces 2016 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

Getting a phone call from an unidentified number in Chicago in late summer is a fantasy many artists, scientists and other creative people have entertained. But that doesn’t mean it seems real when it actually happens.

“I thought I was having a psychotic breakdown,” the playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins said of his reaction to learning several weeks ago that he was among the 23 people selected as 2016 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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