As previously promised earlier this year, for those of you who are curious, here is my NEA Work Sample in order to help future applicants de-mystify the process and to see the examples of my writing that were presented to the NEA review committee.
NEA Literature Fellowships are awarded to published creative writers of exceptional talent in the areas of prose and poetry to advance the goal of encouraging and supporting artistic creativity and preserving our diverse cultural heritage. The NEA was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, and the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts.
This year, out of over 1,000 applications received from across the country, only 42 were awarded after being judged by 10 of the country’s leading poets. The award for poetry comes only once every 2 years. The award also comes with $25,000 for I and other poets to continue our work.