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2012 NEA writing fellows include two siblings, four Californians

November 21, 2011 |  1:51 pm


The Thanksgiving table at the Percy house will not be a place for one-upsmanship. Brother Benjamin Percy and sister Jennifer Percy are both recipients of 2012 writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Percys are two of 40 writers chosen for the awards from more than 1,100 applicants. Each  fellow will receive $25,000.

Four California writers will receive fellowships: Sean Bernard of Claremont teaches at the University of La Verne; Carolina de Robertis, whose second novel will be published by Knopf in 2012, lives in Oakland;  Richard Holeton, who lives in Montara, is director of academic computing services at Stanford; and Stephanie Solieu is a lecturer at Stanford, where she had a prestigious Stegner fellowship.

The 2012 fellowships are all for prose writing; in alternating years the fellowships are granted in poetry. See the complete list of recipients.


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-- Carolyn Kellogg