Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Idaho Commission on the Arts Recognizes Idaho Writers

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 11:01 AM

The Idaho Commission on the Arts recently announced its 2011 Grants and Awards, recognizing local non-profits, artists, musicians and writers for advancing the arts in Idaho. A panel of three judges met April 10 to select five writing fellowship recipients and selected a new Writer in Residence. The commission made the final announcements last month.

Brady Udall, Boise State University professor and author of the new novel The Lonely Polygamist, will be awarded $10,000 over the course of three years and will give readings in at least four Idaho towns each year as Idaho’s Writer in Residence. Udall is currently on a U.S. tour promoting The Lonely Polygamist (W.W. Norton), which was his second novel.

Five writers—four from Boise and one from Moscow—were also each awarded $5,000 fellowships.

Brittney Carmen of Moscow graduated in 2008 with a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho. She is currently a creative non-fiction editor for the Mormon literature journal Irreanntum, is on the editorial board for Segullah and is an administrative assistant at the UI Department of English.

BSU English professor and former Boise Journal editor-in-chief, Alan Heathcock recently had a collection of short stories, Volt, accepted for publication by Graywolf Press. His short story “Peacekeeper” was awarded the 2006 National Magazine Award in Fiction and was named to the Houghtin Mifflin anthology Best American Short Stories 2006.

Heidi Naylor’s short stories and magazine articles have been published in a variety of regional and nationwide publications, such as Best New American Voices, Boise Journal, New Letters Magazine, and McCall Magazine. She graduated from Boise State in 2007 with a MFA in Creative Writing in Fiction.

Matthew Haynes, writing and literature professor at College of Western Idaho, was an English teacher in Kea’au, Hawai’I from 2005-2006. Haynes has written a range of fiction and non-fiction works that have been published by the Arsenal Pulp Press, Minerva Press and the University of Hawaii Press. He has also been involved in the community as an Owyhees Cleanup volunteer, youth mentor and drug and alcohol counselor for Boise youth. He currently has two novels and an essay collection in progress.

Boise State MFA grad J. Reuben Appelman is an essayist, poet, novelist and screenwriter. His work on a documentary about the child sex trade Playground was executive produced by George Clooney, his script Sharing the Drive was an HBO Greenlight Project semi-finalist and he collaborated with director Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) to complete the narrative feature Cha-Cha-Cha!.

Appelman is currently working on a memoir Oakland County Killers and prepping a screenplay called Detroit about a serial killer’s attempted abduction of him as a child in Detroit. Appelman said the fellowship couldn’t have come at a better time.

“What’s been holding me up on this project I’ve been working on was money,” Appelman said. “I’ve been stalled because I haven’t been able to return back to Detroit. This new fellowship will allow me to return back to Detroit to retrace my steps.”

He plans to return for three to four weeks to meet with investigators on the case, revisit places police investigated and return to his childhood neighborhood where he was almost abducted in 1976. Appelman lived in Detroit until he was 26, when he moved to Boise to raise his family. He said although his attempted abductor was never found, he believes the unidentified “Oakland County Child Killer” who killed at least four Michigan children was responsible.

He said he has mixed emotions about returning to Detroit.

“The more I read from this memoir, the more I get choked up and teary eyed,” Appelman said. “It’s tough for me to write. I’m actually not excited about going back, but getting it completed.”

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