EA Winner: Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven

Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven
Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven

Emerging Artist Award: Literature

“The Emerging Artists grant was awarded to me at a critical time as a writer—I had just finished my MFA and was trying to figure out how to make my own work a priority when so many other “adult” obligations were fighting for my attention. One of the biggest struggles for me as an artist is prioritizing my own work and making time to write. Real life obligations often get in the way. The Emerging Artists Grant gave me the chance to fund time to work on my writing without feeling like there was something else I should be doing, which for a writer-by-night is a precious and rare feeling. The grant gave me permission to take myself and my creative work seriously, and funded writing time at a critical point in my creative process.”