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NWP Alum Sarah Viren (MFA '11) awarded 2020 NEA Fellowship and GLCA New Writers Award

Jan 21, 2020

Nonfiction Writing Program alum Sarah Viren (NWP 2011) was awarded a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Prose. Viren, author of the award winning essay collection MINE: Essays (University of New Mexico Press) was among the 36 writers this year selected to win a $25,000 fellowship. According to the NEA, “these fellowships allow recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.” Nearly 1,700 writers applied for the prose fellowship this year.

NWP alum Sarah VirenAt the same time, Viren’s essay collection MINE just won the 2020 Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) New Writers Award in Creative Nonfiction. The GLCA New Writers Award is for an author’s first published volume in the genre. The winning authors each year are invited to visit several GLCA member colleges, where they read from their award-winning work and interact with the campus community.

Viren, a writer, journalist, and literary translator, is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. MINE: Essays has previously received the River Teeth Book Prize and was longlisted for the Pen/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.