May 01, 2015
The Rose O’Neill Literary House has named the winner of the 2016 Mary Wood Fellowship, poet Nicky Beer.
In April 2016, we will host poet Nicky Beer for a 3-day residency as our 2016 Mary
Wood Fellow. The Mary Wood Fellowship is a nationwide competition and Nicky was selected from a pool of more than 60 outstanding
applicants. As part of her duties while in-residence, Nicky will hold one-on-one meetings
with a select group of female student-poets. She will also participate in two public
events, giving a craft talk and a reading from her poetry.
Nicky Beer is the author of The Octopus Game (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2015) and The Diminishing House (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2010), winner of the 2010 Colorado Book Award for Poetry. Her
awards include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Ruth Lilly
Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She is an assistant professor at the University
of Colorado Denver, where she also co-edits the literary journal Copper Nickel.
The Mary Wood Fellowship at The Rose O’Neill Literary House is awarded biennially
to an emerging female writer—in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction—who has published
one book. The Fellowship enables female creative writing students at Washington College
to work with and learn from successful female writers like Shara Lessley, Laura van
den Berg, Hannah Tinti, and Irina Reyn, who spend five days on campus. Eastern Shore
author Mary Wood, whose support makes the fellowship possible, is a ’68 graduate of
the College and a former member of its Board of Visitors and Governors.
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