2010 Scholarship recipients:
D.H. Lawrence Fellow: Andrew Kozma
Hispanic Writer Award: Nena Villamil
Native Writer Award: Chee Brossy
Taos Resident Award: Katherine Toy Miller
Leo Love Merit Scholarship in Poetry: Jane Lin
Leo Love Merit Scholarship in Prose: Sandra Smith Hutchins
D.H. Lawrence Fellowship
Andrew Kozma received his M.F.A. from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. His book of poems, City of Regret, won a First Book Award from Zone 3 Press. His work has appeared in numerous literary magazines including Agni Online, Smartish Pace, the Iowa Review and Blue Mesa Review. A recipient of Houston Arts Alliance Fellowship and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship to the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Kozma adds the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship to his list of growing accomplishments. He is enrolled for Debra Monroe's class, "The Search for an Orderly Story in the Disorderly Tangle of Memory: Memoir."
Hispanic Writer Award
Nena Villamil grew up in Baton Rouge and received her MFA in poetry from New Mexico State University. In the fall, she will teach a Writing Roundtable Class at the College of Santa Fe, and she is currently working on a chapbook of poems. Although her primary genre is Poetry, Nena is moving in to the realm of creative nonfiction because she "needs a bigger space than a poem to say what she wants to say." Unfortunately, she is unable to attend this year's Conference, but will participate in the 2011 event.
Native Writer Award
Chee Brossy, former journalist for the Navajo Times, has relinquished his reporters cap in order to pursue a BFA at the Institute for American Indian Arts. Chee says that being a student at IAIA has opened up his writing in a way that journalism could not. He hopes that his experience at Taos will help to further broaden and strengthen his understanding of the craft. Chee will be studying the art of short fiction in Pam Houston’s workshop.
Taos Resident Award
Katherine Toy Miller
Katherine Toy Miller holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University, Miller has completed three novels and a collection of short prose for which she is seeking publication. Her work has been published in Mademoiselle, The Best of the Missouri Review, StoryQuarterly, Provincetown Arts, Fiction, and elsewhere. Additional writing accolades include a Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a Working Scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, scholarships to the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in Reno, and a residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos. This year she adds the Taos Resident Award to her list of growing achievements.
Leo Love Merit Scholarship in Poetry
Jane Lin is a graduate of New York University’s creative writing program where she was a New York Times Company Foundation Creative Writing Fellow. Her poems have appeared in The Harwood Poetry Anthology and journals such as Borderlands, Five Points, New Madrid, RATTLE, Santa Fe Literary Review, and The Sow's Ear Poetry Review. She was the recipient of a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference scholarship in 2009 and teaches creative writing at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. She is also a programmer for a computer graphics software company.
Leo Love Merit Scholarship in Prose
Sandra Smith Hutchins
Sandra Smith Hutchins is a Professor of English at Belmont University in Nashville, Tn. She earned a Ph.D. with a specialty in British Literature at Vanderbilt University in 1988. In 1990, she (joyously) returned to creative writing, after having left it behind as an undergraduate. Since then, she has published fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction in journals in Australia and the US. She served as coordinator and lecturer of Creative Writing at the School of Studies in Creative Arts, University of Melbourne, before returning to Belmont in 1998. Full-time teaching allows little time for writing, but she is in the final stages of revising two novels and has drafted parts of a third. In 2008, she attended the Taos Summer Writers' Conference and is delighted to return this year.