EA Winner: Stephanie Soileau

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Emerging Artist Award: Literature

“In the summer of 2015, my little family relocated to Portland, Maine, so my husband could enroll in graduate school. During the previous winter, we had been in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where I had a luxurious seven months to work on a novel. I knew that if I wanted to push through to the end of this project without interruption once the FAWC residency was over, we were going to have to rustle up some childcare in Portland for our 2 1/2 year old daughter. The grant from the St. Botolph Foundation came at exactly the right time. No question, it’s a challenge to maintain a committed artistic life with a small child and a partner who’s a full-time student, but the EA Grant bought me three solid months to keep writing. For that windfall when we most needed it, I am very grateful.”