Dear Commons Community,
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced its roster of MacArthur Fellows, a designation frequently referred to as the “Genius Grant.” The fellowship bestows upon its recipients a $625,000 prize, along with “an accolade that manages to celebrate innovative minds across fields, from science to poetry to painting, and just about everything in between.”
This year, the list of MacArthur Fellows ranges from a celebrated writer to an environmental advocate to an inorganic chemist, varying in age from 33 to 72 years old. In total, there are 15 men and nine women represented. The recipients were made aware of their award before the 12 a.m. announcement by the MacArthur Foundation this Tuesday.
Among the winners is Ben Lerner, a writer and professor in the Department of English at CUNY’s Brooklyn College. Lerner’s work moves between fiction and nonfiction in an attempt to investigate the “relevance of art and the artist to modern culture.”