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Emily Raboteau receives elite writing fellowship

Emily Raboteau
CCNY English professor and award-winning author Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau, the American Book Award-winning author and Professor of English in The City College of New York’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, is the recipient of a writing residency fellowship from the Lannan Foundation.

The elite honor, which is unsolicited, is presented to outstanding creative writers whose work deals with themes of social activism.  Past residents have included National Book Award winner Nikky Finney and National Book Critic Circle Award winner Claudia Rankine.

Raboteau will spend two weeks next spring in the Lannan residency program in Marfa, Texas, working on her third book, and second novel, “Endurance.” 

Her most recent book, “Searching for Zion” (Grove Press), was named a best book of 2013 by “The Huffington Post” and “The San Francisco Chronicle,” and grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival. 

Raboteau's photo essay, "Know Your Rights!" appeared this fall in "The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race," (Simon and Schuster) which was a New York Times bestseller.  She is a regular contributor to The New Yorker's Photo Booth column.

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