Noy Holland Named Recipient of American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award
By Sarah Gibbons | Thursday, March 22, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018
The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced this week the names of 15 writers who will receive its 2018 awards in literature. Among them was Noy Holland, professor of creative writing in the English department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Holland was named the 2018 recipient of the Katherine Anne Porter Award in Literature, a $20,000 prize to a writer of prose whose achievements and dedication to the literary profession have been demonstrated.
Holland’s I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like, New and Selected Stories, was published by Counterpoint in January, 2017. Her debut novel, Bird (Counterpoint), appeared in 2015, to great critical acclaim. Holland's collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First (FC2), What Begins with Bird (FC2), and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf). She has published work in The Kenyon Review, Antioch, Conjunctions, The Quarterly, Glimmer Train, Electric Literature, Publishers Weekly,The Believer, NOON, and New York Tyrant, among others. She was a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council award for artistic merit and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1898 as an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Early members include William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Julia Ward Howe, Henry James, Edward MacDowell, Theodore Roosevelt, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Singer Sargent, and Edith Wharton. The Academy’s 250 members are elected for life and pay no dues.
In addition to electing new members as vacancies occur, the Academy seeks to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by administering over 70 awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding performances of new works of musical theater, and purchasing artwork for donation to museums across the country.