WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today congratulated Maine native Elisabeth Tova Bailey who has been awarded a Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Along with this fellowship, Ms. Bailey will receive a $25,000 grant from the NEA.
“We congratulate Elisabeth on her selection for this competitive program,” said Senator Collins and King in a statement. “Support for our nation’s writers and artists by the National Endowment for the Arts benefits and enriches the lives of Americans from all walks of life. We are very pleased that the NEA has recognized the incredible work of a Maine author.”
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA provides funding and support for Americans pursuing the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through its creative writing fellowships program, the NEA gives writers the time and space to create, revise, conduct research, and connect with readers. This year’s writers were selected from among 1,763 eligible applications by 23 readers and panelists. According to the NEA, less than 5 percent of eligible applicants are selected.