Mike Alberti, Minnesota, was awarded $4,844 to travel to Leavenworth, Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan, Strong City, El Dorado, Wichita and Republic, KS and Beatrice, NE for 25 days. Alberti will take a 25-day car trip from Minnesota to Kansas to conduct extensive research in local history in support of his first book, a historical novel tentatively titled El Dorado.
Ama Codjoe, New York City, was awarded $5,000 to travel to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa for 21 days. Codjoe will meet with the poet Phillippa Yaa De Villiers, visit the Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town, and reflect on: “In what ways can my poems variously render the inherent connections between the personal and the political, the public and the private?”
Heidi Czerwiec, Minnesota, was awarded $1,250 to travel to Phoenix, AZ for 4 days. Czerwiec will participate in the 2018 NonfictioNOW conference, to be hosted by Arizona State University.
Darrel Alejandro Holnes, New York City, was awarded $5,000 to travel to Panama City, Panama for 90 days. Holnes will interview family members in Panama about their experiences of Operation Just Cause (the US Invasion of Panama to remove General Manuel Noriega from power) as inspiration for a book of poems about Panama and family.
Jeremy Kamps was awarded $5,000 to travel to Guangzhou and Fujian provinces, China for 17 days. Kamps will experience cross-cultural immersion as a form of research to complete his novel Drawing Water.
Michael Kleber-Diggs, Minnesota, was awarded $1,500 to travel to Boston, Massachusetts for 4 days to interview relatives about his late father and complete research for a book-length collection of poems.
Jen Lue, New York City, was awarded $5,000 to travel to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Beijing, China to conduct oral interviews with extended family members and to study Chinese Socialist Realist monuments in support of her Cultural Revolution memoir project.
Saretta Morgan, New York City, was awarded $4,295 to travel to Paris, France for 11 days. As a writer engaged with the influence of designed space on identity formation, Morgan study the archival papers of Charles-Ėdouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier), a leader of modernist architecture.
Junauda Petrus, Minnesota, was awarded $4,335 to travel to Port of Spain, Trinidad and St. George, Tobago for 18 days to research queerness, LGBTQ experiences, African spirituality and magic to inform her young adult novel exploring these intersections.
Glenda Reed, Minnesota, was awarded $4,856 to travel to Alameda and San Francisco, CA for 59 days. Reed will conduct research at the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park Research Center and study navigation at the Maritime Academy with the hope of gaining an understanding of her personal history in a wider cultural context to elucidate her in-progress memoir.
Nicole Sealey, New York City, was awarded $3,660 to travel to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands for 8 days. Sealey will visit the places of her childhood and take notes towards a series of prose poems inspired by those places as she remembers them and as they currently are, in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Erin Sharkey, Minnesota, was awarded $3,027 to travel to Buffalo, New York for 9 days to study the natural systems of an urban farm and to explore the migration history of African Americans to and through the Western New York region.
Saymoukda Vongsay, Minnesota, was awarded $5,000 to travel to Nong Khai, Thailand and Luang Prabang, Laos for 15 days. As an essential part of the refugee healing process, Vongsay will travel to Nongkhai, Thailand and Vientiane, Laos to retrace, reimagine, and record her family’s journey after the Secret War.