Each year, RISCA presents a fellowship and a merit award in 13 disciplines. These grants encourage the creative development of artists by enabling them to set aside time to pursue their creative work, and celebrate the amazing artists that make Rhode Island home. In the spring grant deadline, fellowship and merit award recipients are selected in 7 disciplines: crafts, film & video, fiction, poetry, play & screenwriting, photography, and three dimensional art. Over the next week or so, we are pleased to introduce you to the 14 award recipients.
Fellowship Recipient in Poetry
Amy submitted 9 individual poems. The panelists particularly appreciated this work when read aloud, and described the language as elegant and assured.
Amy Pickworth’s poems have appeared in Dusie; Forklift, Ohio; New Ohio Review; Smartish Pace; Two Serious Ladies; and other journals. Her book Bigfoot for Women (Orange Monkey Publishing, intro by Matt Hart) was released in 2014. She lives in Providence with her husband and two children, and works as the editor of publications at the RISD Museum.
Merit Recipient in Poetry
Sarah submitted 13 individual poems from a book currently in development. The panelists described these poems as carrying emphasis and significance, having an attunement to things in daily life that risk going unseen.
Sarah Satterlee was born in Westerly and grew up in Ashaway, Rhode Island. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Rattle, The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Maine Review, Gamut, The Nasty Woman Project, and elsewhere. She has worked in the mental health field for several years, most recently as an acute care psychiatric nurse on the night shift. She lives in East Providence with her daughter. www.sarahasatterlee.com