The Writer’s Center is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014-2015 Emerging Writer Fellowships: Karina Borowicz and Tanya Olson. This annual award is comprised of a reading at the Center and a cash honorarium. Fellows living within a 250-mile radius of the center will receive a $250 honorarium; all others will receive $500.
“We are so pleased to offer this opportunity to two such talented writers,” said Sunil Freeman, Assistant Director of the Center.
Karina Borowicz is the author of two poetry collections, Proof (Codhill Press, 2014) and The Bees Are Waiting (Marick Press, 2012), which won the Eric Hoffer Award for Poetry and was named a Must-Read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her poems have appeared widely in journals and have been featured on the web and in radio. Trained as an historian, Borowicz also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Hampshire. She makes her home in the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts.
Tanya Olson lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and is a Lecturer in English at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her first book, Boyishly, was published by YesYes Books in 2013 and received a 2014 American Book Award. In 2010, she won a Discovery/Boston Review prize and was named a 2011 Lambda Fellow by the Lambda Literary Foundation.
Requirements for the fellowship include the publication of one or two full-length single-author books in a single genre, and no more than three books published to their credit (including as editors of anthologies) in any genre.