“On Nostalgia” earns a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award
The Sustainable Arts Foundation, which supports artists and writers with children, announced that I won a Fall 2015 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award for my creative nonfiction. I submitted “On Nostalgia,” which is forthcoming in 2016 from Passages North magazine, but the award also helps to underwrite a larger book project about inheritance, family secrets, and my grandmother (pictured here in the 1950s). More than 1,000 writers and artists applied for this award.
One juror had this to say about the essay:
“This is the work of a superb essayist: the work is penetratingly intelligent, expertly crafted, thoughtful, and precise. In this intentionally digressive essay, you move deftly from medieval palimpsests and Archimedes to Calvino-esque observations on your hometown, to, finally, your own family history. The result is an essay that reads as tightly woven, and as lovely as a tapestry. Your lapidary prose and mindfully digressive structure works beautifully to illuminate the subjects of this piece: nostalgia, family secrets, and all that runs beneath the cracked pavement of our lives.”