Save the Date!

I am happy to announce the date, time, and place for my Delaware Division of the Arts’ literary reading.

DDoA Fellowship Readings – April 3, 2016

My fellow DDoA fellowship recipient, poet Maggie Rowe, and I will share stories and poetry at the Judge Morris Estate, White Clay Creek Park in Newark, on Sunday, April 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. We will host a reception in the lovely estate dining area after the reading.


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The Estate, circa 1790, was the home of Delaware native and federal judge Hugh M. Morris.


Maggie Rowe is a writer, editor, and poetry teacher. She has been leading weekly poetry workshops for Cancer Support Community Delaware since 2006. Her poetry appeared last year in The Sun magazine, and three of her poems were shortlisted for the 2015 Irish Times Hennessey Award. In 2004, she received a Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Professional Fellowship in Poetry. In 2016, she was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry as an Established Professional. Originally from the U.K., she has lived in Delaware for 32 years.

My fellowship is a Masters in Literature – Fiction. I will be reading from my IAF project, a  novel with a dual setting in Georgia in the 1980s and contemporary Delaware.

Maggie and I are excited to share our work in this beautiful and historic setting, and we appreciate the support from the Delaware Division of the Arts through its artist fellowship program.*

We hope you will join us!

For directions or more information about the Judge Morris Estate, please call 320-368-6900.

“The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life.”

Fellowship Announcement

I am pleased, honored, and humbly thrilled to share this announcement. Congratulations to my fellow awardees, and many thanks to the Delaware Division of the Arts, the State of Delaware, and the National Endowment for the Arts for their support for art and artists.

Press release here.

2016 Individual Artist Fellowship Winners

The prestigious Individual Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts recognize artists in a variety of disciplines for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary awards.

Masters Award ($10,000)

Ramona DeFelice Long, Newark, Literature: Fiction

 Established Professional Award ($6,000)

Siobhan Carroll, Greenville, Literature: Fiction

Lisa Dill, Wilmington, Literature: Creative Nonfiction

Diane Lorio, Dover, Visual Arts: Painting

Ron Meick, Wilmington, Visual Arts: Works on Paper

Joshua Meier, Middletown, Visual Arts: Photography

Abby Millager, Newark, Literature: Playwriting

Kiandra Parks, Wilmington, Media Arts: Video/Film

Maggie Rowe, Newark, Literature: Poetry

Phillip Scarpone, Wilmington, Visual Arts: Sculpture

Bruce Tychinski, Newark, Music: Solo Recital

 Emerging Professional Award ($3,000)

J. Barbagallo, Claymont, Literature: Fiction

Linda Celestian, Wilmington, Visual Arts: Painting

Sherry Gage Chappelle, Rehoboth Beach, Literature: Poetry

Victor Letonoff, Lewes, Literature: Creative Nonfiction

Zaneta Zubkova, Wilmington, Visual Arts: Works on Paper

Honorable Mention

Mahasveta Barua, Newark, Literature: Creative Fiction

Jen Epler, Wilmington, Literature: Fiction

Glenn Holmstrom,  Claymont, Visual Arts: Painting

Mia Muratori, Wilmington, Visual Arts: Painting


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