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Foundation awards Rosario literary fellowship

By Ann Friou
University News Service
April 14, 2010

Nelly Rosario

Nelly Rosario

Nelly Rosario, senior lecturer in the Department of English at Texas State University-San Marcos, has been awarded a fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation.

The foundation makes awards each year to “promising individuals at the crucial middle stages of their careers in the liberal and creative arts.” Rosario will receive $25,000 from the fellowship award.

Rosario, a writer of fiction and non-fiction, was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BA in engineering from MIT and an MFA from Columbia University.

She has received numerous awards, including a 1999 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Fellowship, the Bronx Writers' Center Van Lier Literary Fellowship for 1999-2000, two National Arts Club Writing Fellowships, the 1997 Hurston/Wright Award in Fiction and the 1988 National Teachers in English Writing Award. She was named “Writer on the Verge” by the Village Voice Literary Supplement in 2001. Her debut novel Song of the Water Saints (Pantheon 2002), which traces the lives of three generations of Dominican women, won a PEN Open Book Award in 2002.

She is working on her second novel.