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Jad Abumrad, Kay Ryan & Peter Hessler Win $500,000 Genius Grants

The 2011 MacArthur Fellows have been revealed–22 creative individuals will receive a $500,000 “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The list includes a number of writers and storytellers, including RadioLab host Jad Abumrad (pictured, via) poet Kay Ryan and New Yorker writer Peter Hessler.

Here’s more about the awards: “The recipients learned, through a phone call out of the blue from the Foundation, that they will each receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years.  MacArthur Fellowships come without stipulations or reporting requirements and offer Fellows unprecedented freedom and opportunity to reflect, create, and explore. The unusual level of independence afforded to Fellows underscores the spirit of freedom intrinsic to creative endeavors. The work of MacArthur Fellows knows neither boundaries nor the constraints of age, place, and endeavor.”

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W.S. Merwin Appointed Poet Laureate

merwin.jpgThe Librarian of Congress has appointed W.S. Merwin as the 17th Poet Laureate of the United States.

Merwin (pictured, via) has written for the last 60 years, winning the 2005 National Book Award and two Pulitzer Prizes. Currently, he is published by Copper Canyon Press. Last year the prestigious post was held by Kay Ryan, and other laureates have included Louise Gluck, Billy Collins, Robert Pinsky, and Rita Dove.

The Poetry Foundation has an excellent selection of his work. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington had this statement: “WMerwin is universally regarded as a premier figure in the literary world … His poems are often profound and, at the same time, accessible to a vast audience.”