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Meet the 2017 Idaho Commission on the Arts fellows in literature

Award winning short story writer Alan Heathcock received his second Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship for literary arts in June 2016.
Award winning short story writer Alan Heathcock received his second Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship for literary arts in June 2016. Idaho Statesman file

An Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship is a reward for talent, creativity and perseverance, and comes with a no-strings-attached cash award for artists to use to sustain and develop their careers.

Every three years the fellowships, which are chosen by out-of-state panelists, cycle through performing, literary and visual arts.

This year’s fellowships in literary arts went to screenwriter, nonfiction writer and poet J. Reuben Appelman, short-story writer and screenwriter Alan Heathcock and poet Kerri Webster of Boise, poet and University of Idaho assistant professor and librarian Devin Becker of Moscow and poet and assistant professor of creative writing at Idaho State University Bethany Schultz Hurst of Pocatello.

Honorable mentions went to fiction writer Christopher Linforth of Boise and Kevin Gooden of Moscow.

Each fellow received $5,000; each honorable mention received $1,000. This is Heathcock’s second ICA fellowship.

The ICA will roll out the rest of its 2017 grants in visual, performing and traditional arts in the coming weeks.

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