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Manhattanville College Celebrates 30th Annual Summer Writers' Week This June 24-28 & Offers New Writing Fellowship
Thursday, 30 May 2013 10:40

Anna Kim PhotoFellowship Sponsored Jointly with Asian American Writers' Workshop


PURCHASE, N.Y., May 20, 2013 — Manhattanville College's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its nationally known Summer Writers' Week this June 24-28 and has added a special twist to the event – in conjunction with the Asian American Writers' Workshop, an organization that fosters Asian American writers, they are offering an inaugural fellowship.

The fellowship has been granted this year to Hyun-Jung Anna Kim, a Korean-American, who currently works as a consultant for human rights organizations. A native of Seoul and New York City, she attended Oberlin College and Cornell Law School, then moved to South Africa in 2008, where she completed an Honors (post-graduate) degree in creative writing at Wits University in Johannesburg. She now lives in Queens.

Ms. Kim will attend a weeklong creative writing workshop for free and will participate in well-known poet Kazim Ali's workshop, "Poetry in the Body," as well as afternoon Master Classes, craft talks, agents and editors panels, and much more.

Mark Nowak, Director of the Manhattanville College's MFA program, who judged the fellowship competition, said, "Hyun-Jung Anna Kim's work, which fuses a strong poetic voice with a global human rights perspective, just perfectly fit the Manhattanville College mission and the vision of our MFA program."

Visiting professors at the Writer's Week this year will also include novelist Karen Tei Yamashita, finalist for the National Book Award in 2010, and young adult author Thanhha Lai, winner of the National Book Award in 2011.

For more information on Summer Writers' Week, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or on the web at mville.edu/mfa. For more information on The Asian American Writers' Workshop visit www.aaww.org.