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Arkansas Author Kevin Brockmeier Receives 2011 Laman Library Fellowship
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (February 22, 2011) – The William F. Laman Public Library System announced Tuesday author Kevin Brockmeier as the recipient of the 2011 Laman Library Writers Fellowship, a grant program to provide up to $10,000 to a different Arkansas author each year.
As part of its mission, the William F. Laman Public Library System strives to enhance the community by providing public access to literature and other information.
However, Laman Library also seeks to encourage the creation of literature by Arkansans, for Arkansans. For that reason, Laman Library founded the Laman Library Writers Fellowship in March 2010 to provide grants to writers that will assist them in the writing and publishing process.
Each year, a grant of up to $10,000 will be awarded in the first quarter to a previously published Arkansas author. The grant will be paid in consecutive monthly installments. The Laman Library Writers Fellowship is supported by nontax dollars used for community enrichment.
Authors will be selected based on the creative excellence of their work by a group of literary professionals who are independent from Laman Library. The library will not be involved in the selection process, but reserves first right of refusal.
Author Grif Stockley was the 2010 recipient and worked on his book on a 1959 fire at the former Negro Boys Industrial School in Wrightsville that killed 21 teenagers inside a locked dormitory.
The 2011 fellowship has been awarded to Kevin Brockmeier to assist him as he writes his first memoir, titled Seventh Grade, which is the simple true story of his seventh grade year in high school, “a vanished time and place, namely Little Rock from 1985 to 1986.” Brockmeier, a novelist, is taking the actual circumstances of his life and applying “a novelist’s methods to reconstructing or calling them back into being….The book is by far the most Arkansas-centric I’ve attempted to write.”
About Kevin Brockmeier
Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the novels The Brief History of the Dead and The Truth About Celia, the children's novels City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery, and the story collections Things That Fall from the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer. His critically-acclaimed new novel, The Illumination, was released in February 2011. His work has been translated into fifteen languages, and he has published his stories in such venues as The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney's, Zoetrope, The Oxford American, The Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and New Stories from the South. He has received the Borders Original Voices Award, three O. Henry Awards (one, a first prize), the PEN USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Grant. Recently he was named one of Granta magazine's Best Young American Novelists. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised.
2012 applications will be accepted from June through September, 2011. Additional information can be found at www.lamanlibrary.org