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April 12th, 2012

2012 Creative Non-Fiction Fellows Announced

Congratulations to our 2012 Creative Non-Fiction Fellows!

Four writers working in creative non-fiction were recently awarded Fellowships and will be spending a month at the colony this summer. 

Jonathan Blunk is writing the authorized biography of the American poet James Wright. He is co-editor of Wright’s selected letters, A Wild Perfection (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005). He earned a BA in English and Latin American Studies from Cornell University and an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. His poems, essays, and interviews have appeared in The NationThe American Poetry ReviewThe Georgia ReviewPoets & Writers, and other journals. 

Rich Orloff is the author of fifteen full-length plays (mostly comedies) and over seventy short plays. His award-winning plays have been presented at such theaters as Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Charlotte Rep, Dayton Playhouse, Detroit Rep, Florida Studio Theatre, New Jersey Rep, Phoenix Theatre Company, and three times at the Key West Theatre Festival. Rich’s short plays have received over 800 productions on six continents (and a staged reading in Antarctica). His short comedies have been published three times in the annual Best Ten-Minute Plays anthology and five times in the annual Best American Short Plays anthology series.  

Celina Su was born in São Paulo and lives in New York. She is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York and the author of Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell University Press) and Our Schools Suck: Students Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failures of Urban Education (NYU Press, co-authored). Her work has appeared in both academic and literary journals, including Critical Policy Studies, n+1, Aufgabe, XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and the Annual Review of Sociology. Her honors include the Berlin Prize, the Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching, an Academy of American Poets prize, and fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Millay Colony, and Bread Loaf. Since 2001, she has served as co-founder and Executive Director of the Burmese Refugee Project, which uses a participatory model of community development with Shan Burmese refugees in northwestern Thailand. She received her Ph.D. from MIT.

Masha Tupitsyn is the author of LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film;(ZerO Books, 2011), Beauty Talk & Monsters, a collection of film-based stories (Semiotext(e) Press, 2007), and co-editor of the anthology Life As We Show It: Writing on Film (City Lights, 2009), which was voted one of the best film books of 2009 by Dennis Cooper, January Magazine, Shelf Awareness, and Chicago's New City. She is currently working on a new book of essays on film, Screen to Screen, and Love Dog: A Year in Love, a blog project which is being published by Penny-Ante Editions in 2012. She is also working on a book about John Cusack called Star Notes: John Cusack and The Politics of Acting.

Her fiction and criticism has appeared in the anthologies Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology;(2011), Wreckage of Reason: XXperimental Women Writers Writing in the 21st Century (2008), and the Encyclopedia Project Volume II, F-K (2010), as well as Two Serious Ladies, the poet Ali Liebegott's Faggot Dinosaur, Keyframe, Specter, Magazine, BOMB Blog, Boing Boing, Indiewire's Press Play, Venus Magazine, Bookforum, Fence, The Rumpus, 2nd Floor Projects, Animal Shelter, The Fanzine, Make/Shift, NYFA, Vertebrae, and San Francisco's KQED's The Writer's Block.

She regularly contributes video essays on film and culture to Ryeberg Curated Video, which features writers like Mary Gaitskill and Sheila Heti. In 2011, she wrote a radio play for Performa 11, Time for Nothing, the New Visual Art Performance Biennial in conjunction with Frieze Magazine. You can read her blog Love Dog, a book project, at: