Writer Maggie Nelson Wins a MacArthur 'Genius Grant'

September 22, 2016 4:01 AM

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The writer is one of 23 new fellows the MacArthur Foundation announced in its 2016 class on Thursday. The $625,000 prize, paid out in installments over five years, comes with no strings attached. Though this year’s list was only made public on Thursday, the foundation notified each winner in advance.

“I am beside myself with gratitude and incredulity for the award,” Nelson told Newsweek in an email sent Wednesday. “It's a tremendous fortification, especially for a writer who never dreamed of this kind of support,” she adds. “I have no doubt that I will be able to focus more on my writing in the ...

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