From left to right, three of this year’s MacArthur Fellows: Jacqueline Woodson, N.K. Jemisin, and Tressie McMillan Cottom. Learn more about this powerhouse trio of Black women authors.
Its official name is the MacArthur Fellowship, but you might know it more coloquially as the MacArthur “genius grant”. It’s a $625,000, no-strings-attached award given out every year by the MacArthur Foundation to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential.
Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
Here’s what Cecilia Conrad, Managing Director, MacArthur Fellows had to say about this year’s selection of Fellows, who were announced on October 6th.
“In the midst of civil unrest, a global pandemic, natural disasters, and conflagrations, this group of 21 exceptionally creative individuals offers a moment for celebration. They are asking critical questions, developing innovative technologies and public policies, enriching our understanding of the human condition, and producing works of art that provoke and inspire us.”
We could definitely all use some hope and inspiration right now. Here’s a quick snapshot of all 2020 MacArthur Fellows:
You can also meet them individually and hear each describe their work in their own words in this Youtube playlist.
Curious about the music, documentary films, literature, poetry, and nonfiction they have created? Check out this selection of their work from our collection:
Keep an eye out for more MacArthur Fellows’ work to be added in the coming weeks!