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Current NWP Student Honors

Tony Andrews, NWP ’21, received the first-annual Houston Scholarship, named for the greatest artist of the 20th century, and endowed by a handsome and anonymous donor.

Yasmin Boakye, NWP ’21, received a Peace and Justice Fellowship to travel to Montgomery, Alabama, to visit and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

M.K. Brake, NWP ’19, received a New Amsterdam Award to travel to New York City to take in some decent theater and to visit literary publishers and agents.

Julia Conrad, NWP ’20, received a Herodotus Award, with which she explored the mysteries and complexities of driving.

Dan Cronin, NWP ’19, received the first-annual Englert Nonfiction Fellowship, which has granted him free access to all events at the Englert Theater in downtown Iowa City, a private workspace, a public reading at the theater, and $1,000. Cronin also received a Geneva Fellowship to travel to upstate New York to teach a series of master classes.

Lulu Dewey, NWP ’20, received a Herodotus Award to travel to the Berkeley Folklore Archive in Berkeley, California, where she researched the phenomenon of so-called “fakelore.”

Amelia Gramling, NWP ’21, received a Peace and Justice Fellowship to journey to Montgomery, Alabama, to visit a new national memorial dedicated to the victims of lynching in America. She also received a Herodotus Award with which she traveled to Reno, Nevada, where she researched the legacy of WWII veteran “Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder.”

EmmaJean Holley, NWP ’21, received a Herodotus Award, with which she wandered through the wilds of Orange, New Hampshire, in search of the remains of an 18th-century small pox hospital. She also received a Peace and Justice Fellowship and an Iowa Arts Fellowship.

Cassandra Jensen, NWP ’20, received the first-annual Summer Research Fellowship, which allowed her to travel to Germany to research the history of a black American theater group’s world tour in 1949. She also received a New Amsterdam Award, which provided her with the funds to travel to New York City to visit a series of literary publishers.

Julie Kedzie, NWP ’19 received a Geneva Fellowship with which she journeyed 1500 miles east to upstate New York where she taught a weekend’s worth of intense creative writing classes.

Jess Kibler, NWP ’21, received a Peace and Justice Fellowship to help her travel to Alabama with Professor Patricia Foster as the culmination of a semester-long exploration of trauma in America nonfiction.

Virginia Marshall, NWP ’20, received the first-annual Summer Research Fellowship, which allowed her to travel to Deer Island in Boston in order to research the unsolved murder of an infant in 2015.

Brittany Means, NWP ’20, received the first-annual Magdalena Award for her essay “The Hotel.” She was also named a Geneva Fellow, and traveled with three other peers to upstate New York for an intense weekend of teaching at a private college in the Finger Lakes. This spring she will travel to Alabama under a Peace and Justice Fellowship.

Kofi Opam, NWP ’21, received a Peace and Justice Fellowship as well as an Iowa Arts fellowship for his first year in the NWP.

Nicolas Medina Mora Perez, NWP ’19, won the Roxanne Mueller Award for his essay “Godfather at the Height of His Powers.”

Ian Shank, NWP ’21, received a Herodotus Award, with which he explored the phenomenon of dart fishing and the mysteries of brotherhood. He also received a Peace and Justice Fellowship.

Rachel Sudbeck, NWP ’21, received an Iowa Arts Fellowship for her first year in the NWP, as well as a Peace and Justice Fellowship.

Tiffany Tucker, NWP ’20, was named a Geneva Fellow, through which she taught alongside three NWP peers in the wine country of upstate New York. In addition she received a Peace and Justice Fellowship to help her travel to Montgomery, Alabama, with a group of ten peers this spring.

Lei Wang, NWP ’21, received both an Iowa Arts Fellowship and a Peace and Justice Fellowship.