Boston: Meet the Fine Arts Work Center Scholarship Recipients

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~ Six emerging writers from the Boston area have been selected to receive a scholarship to attend a one-week writing and study program in Provincetown, Massachusetts in summer 2023. The scholarship covers tuition and lodging for the program, which is open to writers between the ages of 18 and 35 who have lived or worked in Boston for at least two years and have published no more than one book.

The six recipients of the scholarship are Durane West, Briana Crockett, JR Mahung, Georgie Contreras, Elle Chu, and Blue Nguyen.

Durane West is a spoken word artist and educator from Boston. He channels intense imagery and intuitive emotional exploration into his writing, using versatile form usage and raw introspective diction to offer readers a glimpse into his mind. West has several years of experience working in the nonprofit sector for organizations that aim to improve literacy skills for inner city youth throughout Boston.

Briana Crockett is also a Boston native who started writing in second grade. Her poetry has been recognized in academic journals and conferences, and she released her first book The Growing Place in 2020. She currently works as a host at the Cantab as part of the Boston Poetry Slam staff.

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JR Mahung (She/They) is a Garifuna poet from South Side Chicago who now lives in Boston. They recently released their second collection of poems entitled Since When He Have Wings through Pizza Pi Press.

Georgie Contreras is a Latina writer raised and residing in the Boston area whose work has been published in The Ana with more forthcoming from Malposition Magazine.

Elle Chu is an Emerson College alumni originally from California who now lives in Boston. Her work can be found in The Fjords Review, The Kindling Collective, Fearsome Critters: The Laurel Review, and CAGIBI literary magazine among other publications.

Blue Nguyen (he/they) is a Vietnamese non-binary lesbian poet and community organizer based out of Boston whose poetry can be found at The Mantle Poetry, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Protean Magazine, Prolit Magazine, DEAR Poetry Journal, Peach Mag among other publications.

The six recipients will spend one week studying under a poet of their choice while taking advantage of all that Provincetown has to offer this summer 2023 thanks to this generous scholarship opportunity provided by an anonymous donor.

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