Nancy Chen Long
Nancy Chen Long, who is employed at Indiana University, has won a creative fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA announced that Chen Long is one of 37 writers to receive an FY 2017 individual creative writing fellowship of $25,000. NEA fellowships are highly competitive and Chen Long was selected from more than 1,800 eligible applicants. She is the only recipient from Indiana to receive a creative writing fellowship this year.
“The NEA has an excellent record of supporting writers who have gone on to have impressive literary careers,” said NEA Director of Literature Amy Stolls. “With their talent and diverse backgrounds, this year’s Creative Writing Fellows, including Nancy Chen Long, will add to our country’s rich literary history.”
Chen Long received both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology and an MBA from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, worked as an electrical engineer, software consultant, and project manager, before taking a position at Indiana University in the Research Technologies division in 2005. As a volunteer with the Writers Guild at Bloomington, Chen Long coordinates a reading series and works with others to offer free poetry workshops at the Monroe County Library.
Chen Long’s manuscript Light Into Bodies recently won the 2016 Tampa Review Prize in Poetry and will be published in 2017 by Tampa University Press. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Bat City Review, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and elsewhere. “I am deeply grateful to the NEA for their belief in my work and honored to be listed among such talented poets,” Chen Long said. “The panelists’ affirmation challenges me to dig even deeper into the creative process, to make a difference where I can and help other writers as I am able.”
Through its Creative Writing Fellowships, the NEA gives writers the time and space to create, revise, conduct research, and connect with readers. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process on their artistic excellence. Fellowships alternate between poetry and prose each year and in FY 2017 fellowships are in poetry. This year’s group of fellows includes almost an even number of men and women who hail from 19 states around the country—some write of their deep ties to the American South while others explore landscapes of America's inner cities and tribal lands. The full list of FY 2017 Creative Writing Fellows is available here.
Many American recipients of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Fiction were recipients of NEA creative writing fellowships early in their careers. For more information on NEA Creative Writing Fellowships, visit the NEA’s Writers' Corner.This news also appeared here.