Malachi Black Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

Malachi Black Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced that USD's Malachi Black, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of English, is one of 35 poets who will receive an FY 2019 Creative Writing Fellowship. Through its Creative Writing Fellowships, the Arts Endowment gives writers the time and space needed to create. Fellows are selected through a highly competitive, anonymous process and are judged solely on the artistic excellence of the work sample provided.

"A recent national survey shows reading poetry is making a comeback," said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. "The National Endowment for the Arts supports our nation's poets and encourages a wide range of voices and styles."

Dr. Black was selected from nearly 1,700 eligible applicants. Fellowships alternate between poetry and prose each year and this year's fellowships are to support poetry. View the full list of FY 2019 Creative Writing Fellows.

Dr. Black is the author of Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award and a selection for the PSA's New American Poets Series. The recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Dr. Black has since received fellowships and awards from the Amy Clampitt House, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Emory University, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Yaddo. His poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies and have been featured in exhibitions both in the United States and abroad, including several musical settings and translations into French, Dutch, Croatian and Lithuanian. 

Since 1967, the Arts Endowment has awarded more than 3,500 Creative Writing Fellowships totaling over $54 million. Many American recipients of the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Fiction were recipients of NEA fellowships early in their careers.

Visit the agency's Literature Fellowships web page to read excerpts by and features on past Creative Writing Fellows and recipients of Literature Fellowships for translation projects. For more information on literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, go to

Congratulations, Dr. Black!

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