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February 27, 2007


NEW YORK, February 27, 2007 – Novelist Nelly Rosario, the award-winning author of the evocative Song of the Water Saints, is the Kaye Artist in Residence at The City College of New York (CCNY) for the Spring 2007 Semester.  

Ms. Rosario is teaching a fiction workshop in The City College English Department’s M.F.A Program in Creative Writing and will participate in public events at CCNY while she works on her second novel.

Ms. Rosario is the third Kaye Artist in Residence at CCNY. Previous Kaye Artists were renowned installation artist Sarah Oppenheimer (Spring 2005) and groundbreaking independent film producer Christine Vachon (Spring 2006). The Kaye Artist in Residence program is funded through a $3.5 million grant made to the College four years ago by the Kaye Foundation to “support young people pursuing new frontiers in humanities and arts.”

One of the most talented young voices in literature, Ms. Rosario, a Dominican-born and Brooklyn-raised author, was named “Writer on the Verge” by The Village Voice Literary Supplement in 2001. A year later, she won the PEN Open Book Award for Song of the Water Saints, her debut novel, which traces the lives of three generations of Dominican women.

Ms. Rosario also received a 1999 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Fellowship, The Bronx Writers’ Center Van Lier Literary Fellowship for 1999-2000, two National Arts Club Writing Fellowships, and the 1997 Hurston/Wright Award in Fiction, among other honors.   Most recently, she was named a 2006 recipient of the NALAC Fund for the Arts and an Urban Artists Initiatives Grant.

Her work has appeared in various anthologies and publications, including The New York Times, Callaloo, and The New Labor Forum.  Ms. Rosario holds a B.S. from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.F.A. from Columbia University.

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