CCNY writer & scholar Lyn Sandín Di Iorio receives NY arts fellowship

Award-winning writer and City College of New York Professor of literature and creative writing Lyn Sandín Di Iorio, is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship in Fiction. Fellowships are intended to support an artist's vision or voice at all levels of their artistic development and Di Iorio was selected by a jury of her peers.  Her application included work excerpted from her current in-progress project, “Hurricanes and Other Stories,” a short story collection about Puerto Rican islanders dealing with the fallout of a long financial crisis and back-to-back natural disasters. 

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program makes unrestricted cash grants of $7,000 to artists working in 15 disciplines, recognizing five disciplines per year on a triennial basis. The program is highly competitive and this year’s recipients and finalists were selected by discipline-specific peer panels from an applicant pool of 3,572. Since it was launched in 1985, the program has awarded over $33 million to more than 5,000 artists.

“We are proud to partner with NYSCA to offer unrestricted grants to artists of all disciplines across New York State, and are especially proud to do so after a harrowing year that has impacted many in our creative community,” said Michael L. Royce, Executive Director, NYFA. “We hope that the financial support and recognition that this program offers spurs new creative growth for the artists, and we look forward to seeing, hearing, and experiencing their work in the years to come,” he added.

Di Iorio, whose works include the short novel “Outside the Bones,”  a Foreword Review Silver Book of the Year Award winner and 2012 John Gardner Fiction Prize top-five finalist,  teaches the literatures of the Americas and creative writing at City College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She’s also the author of  “Killing Spanish,” a book of literary criticism that focuses on Latinx identity. Her most recent short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in the literary journals, “The Kenyon Review,” “Review: Literature and Arts of the America,” and the “Big Other.”

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