Anaïs Duplan, a member of Sarah Lawrence’s MFA writing faculty since 2020, is the winner of a 2022 Whiting Prize in Non-Fictionlike announcement at a ceremony hosted by the Whiting Foundation on April 6. The prestigious award recognizes the early career achievements of emerging writers and aims to empower recipients to fulfill the promise of outstanding literary work to come.
Poet, curator and trans* artist, Anaïs Duplan is the author of I NEED MUSIC (Action Books, 2021), a book of essays, Blackspace: on the poetics of an afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), complete poetry collection, Take this stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a reading book, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). In addition to Sarah Lawrence, he has taught poetry at The New School, Bennington College, and Columbia University, among others. As an independent curator, he has facilitated curatorial projects in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe and Reykjavík. He was a Joint Public Programs Fellow from 2017-2019 at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, and in 2021 he received a Marian Goodman Fellowship from Independent Curators International for his research on experimental black documentary. In 2016, he founded the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based at the Iowa City artist-run organization Public Space One. He was the 2021 winner of the QUEER|ART|PRIZE for Recent Work.
The Whiting Foundation has a long history of supporting writers, establishing the Whiting Award in 1985 and awarding the $50,000 prize each year to 10 emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama.
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