Awards

Margaret W Sexton (2017) was a National Book Award long-list Finalist for 2017. Her debut novel A Kind of Freedom was released in August. Margaret attended Jane Vandenburgh’s (2010, winter 2013) workshop held at the Ranch earlier this year.

Viet Thanh Nguyen (2008) The MacArthur Foundation announced its annual no-strings-attached, $625,000 fellowships. The lineup includes Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen. Read the full LA Times article

Lenora Lee (2013) Light by Lenora Lee & Tatsu Aoki was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Canada International Film Festival Inspired by the life of Bessie M. Lee (1894 - 1955), who, after migrating to New York City, spent two years in indentured servitude, Light is a film in which dance, memory, music and poetry collide in a visual and aural landscape; a meditation on women being propelled into the unknown by courage and faith to risk their lives and everything they have for freedom. United States | 2017 | 57 min Film excerpts and interview

Dohee Lee (2014) was commissioned by Peralta Hacienda Historical Park to create MU巫: 9 Goddesses, a mythological musical performance ritual. Lee is a recipient of a Hewlett 50 in music composition. The Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions supports the creation and premiere of exceptional new works by world-class artists in partnership with Bay Area nonprofit organizations. Learn more

Pak Han

Camille Dungy (2014) received one of 36 Creative Writing Fellowships for $25,000 from the NEA. Since 1967, the NEA has awarded more than 3,400 Creative Writing Fellowships worth $46 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. Full list of 2018 Creative Writing Fellowship recipients

Fawzia Mirza (2018) writer/director, and Terrie Samundra, producer/cowriter, were awarded a $22,000 SFFILM Rainin Filmmaking Grant to produce Me, My Mom and Sharmila Me, My Mom & Sharmila explores the intersection of identity, family & being South Asian in pre/post partition India, 60's Pakistan, and now in North America. See the full SFFILM Grant recipient list

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (2017 workshop) Margaret Wilkerson Sexton's novel A Kind of Freedom made the New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2017 list See the full list

Viet Thanh Nguyen (2008) Viet Thanh Nguyen's novel The Refugees made the New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2017 list See the full list

Rodney Sharman (2014) Vancouver composer Rodney Sharman won the Canada Council for the Arts' Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. The $50,000 prize recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a Canadian professional artist in music, theatre, or dance. Read the full announcement

Belle Ancell

Kenneth Rainin Foundation grant recipients announced The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has awarded $250,000 in arts grants to 16 small and mid-size Bay Area organizations through its New and Experimental Works (NEW) Program. ($5,000) for Mother Sister Daughter - Christy Funsch (2006 + 2012), ($10,000) for Beneath The Surface - Lenora Lee (2013), ($9,000) for In Branau - Dipika Guha (2012), ($20,000) for Left to Her Own Devices: 20 years of Sculpture in Motion - Jodi Lomask (2014), ($15,000) for freedom - Keith Hennessy (2010 + winter 2014), ($20,000) for TheaterTheater - Erika Chong Such (2007 + winters 2009 and 2011), ($15,000) for Stay Close - Joe Goode (1991), ($15,000) for The Legacy of Ephemerality (On the Occasion of our Eviction and 25th Anniversary) - Scott Wells (1996) See the full list

Peter Walter (2017) Biochemist and sculptor Peter Walter (2017) was presented with the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Peter was here for Scientific Delirium Madness 4.0 and demonstrated his skills at Open House. One of his sculptures now graces our property. Learn more

Photo: Elisabeth Fall