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2009 Artist Fellowship Award Recipients

At its December 16, 2008 board meeting, the Wisconsin Arts Board awarded seven fellowships in the Literary Arts, one fellowship in Dance Choreography, and one fellowship in Music Composition to nine of Wisconsin’s finest artists. Artist Fellowship Awards recognize the significant contributions of professional artists in Wisconsin. These awards provide unrestricted funds to support continued artistic/professional development, enabling artists to create new work, complete work in progress, and pursue activities which contribute to their artistic growth.

Coleman, Non-Fiction, Mineral Point

Coleman is founder and artistic director of Alley Stage at the Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. He is the author of one unpublished novel, and numerous short stories and poems. His play, Class, opened the Alley Stage in 2007. He has adapted numerous classics for performance, including A Christmas Carol (a one-man show), An Evening with Dylan Thomas, and An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe. He will use the funds from the Literary Artist grant to complete a memoir, Mom’s Remains, about his mother’s involvement in the civil rights movement and his own subsequent involvement in the anti-war movement in the 1960s.

Fiction Worksample: The Mime

Susan Gardels, Poetry, Madison

Writer/visual artist Susan Gardels was born in El Paso, Texas, and spent her childhood between the eastern plains of Colorado and the car universe of Detroit. Much of her writing and visual art explores the themes of movement, migration, and the need to continuously start over with rebuilding home and community. Gardels received her undergraduate degree in Visual Art-Printmaking and Bookmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she held the Randall Jarrell Fellowship in Poetry. Her current projects in both writing and sculptural bookmaking explore a moment in her personal history when shes lived in Malawi, Africa, co-directing a World Wildlife Fund Project to establish an underwater national park. Gardels’ new work explores the explosion of the AIDs epidemic in Malawi, the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease for her father, and the cross-cultural experience of a development worker in Africa in the late 1980’s.

Poetry Worksample: Nkhungu, Song of the Second Wife, The Sting, Firelight, End of the Dry Season

Brent Goodman, Poetry, Rhinelander

Brent Goodman is the author of The Brother Swimming Beneath Me (Black Lawrence Press 2009) and two chapbooks. His poetry has appeared in Linebreak, No Tell Motel, Diagram, Diode, Poetry East, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Rhinelander, where he works as a creative professional.

Poetry Worksample: Another Prayer

Jesse Kercheval, Poetry, Madison

Jesse Lee Kercheval was born in France and raised in Florida, but has now lived in Wisconsin for twenty-one years, the longest she has lived anywhere. She is the author of twelve books of poetry, fiction and memoir. Her latest books are Cinema Muto, a collection of poems about silent film chosen by David Wojahn for the Crab Orchard Open Award Poetry Series which will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in February, and The Alice Stories, a book of connected short stories set in Madison, which won the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize and was published by the University of Nebraska Press last year. Jesse Lee lives in Madison with her husband, Dan, and two children Magdalena and Max.

Poetry Worksample: In the half-light of a new century

David McGylnn, Fiction, Appleton

David McGlynn is the author of the story collection, The End of the Straight and Narrow, published by Southern Methodist University Press in 2008. He was born in Ohio, raised in Texas and Southern California, and received an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He now lives in Appleton, Wisconsin with his wife and sons and teaches at Lawrence University. He has won a Peter Taylor Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and his stories and personal essays have appeared in such publications as Alaska Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, Mid-American Review, The Missouri Review, and Shenandoah.

Fiction Worksample: Sweet Texas Angel

Ronald Rindo, Fiction, Pickett

Ron Rindo is the author of three award-winning short story collections, Love in an Expanding Universe (2005); Secrets Men Keep (1995); and Suburban Metaphysics and Other Stories (1990). A life-long resident of Wisconsin, he received a previous Arts Board fellowship in 2003 and earned Outstanding Achievement recognition for his work from the Wisconsin Library Association in 1991 and 1996. His books have also been well-received nationally. Kirkus Reviews called the stories in his latest collection “Gloriously inventive work from a master of the form.” Rindo is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he teaches fiction writing and American Literature. He lives with his wife, Jenna, and their blended family of five children on a small farm near Pickett, Wisconsin, where they raise fruit trees, bantam chickens, and a small flock of Shetland sheep.

Fiction Worksample: The Father of Joan of Arc

David Smith, Music, Madison

I learned much of what I know about music from a few piano lessons, playing electric bass in a high school band, and listening to recordings from around the world during the 60's and 70's. In the mid 80's I started writing computer music programs and played guitar with The Burgertones. I spent much of the 90's reading books and periodicals from the University of Wisconsin Music Library. I also looked at art and music education, orchestration, phonetics, dynamic systems, information theory, artificial intelligence, acoustics, studio methods, and electronic signal processing and spent time wandering the Wisconsin woods and streams, pondering these things. From 2000 to 2006, I did some work with friends on commercial recordings, and played guitar or bass at community center and open-stage events. In 2007 I began to explore psycho-acoustics, auditory scene analysis, and music cognition and discovered how to write what I believe is a new form of music. I use a computer to handle music notation in broad strokes and complex ways, and favor the familiar comforting sounds of traditional instruments. Some of the more successful results are available at www.roughlight.com. I would like to thank the Wisconsin Arts Board for their recognition and support.


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Luc Vanier, Contemporary Ballet, Milwaukee

Luc is an Assistant Professor in the Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. Originally from Montreal, he studied at L'Ecole Superieur du Quebec under Daniel Seillier. In 1998, he retired from Ohio Ballet having danced a variety of roles such as the Workman in Kurt Jooss’ Big City, the Third Song of Tudor’s Dark Elegies, as well as the leads in Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Paul Taylor’s Aureole among others. Mr. Vanier was also a company choreographer; his dance Square Play, with a score by Libby Larson, was presented as part of the company’s 1995 Joyce season in NYC. He both received his MFA from the University of Illinois and became a certified Alexander teacher in 2001. His research on linking the Alexander Technique, developmental movement and Ballet is at the forefront of integrating somatic work into the dance class and has been presented at various conferences and workshops throughout the US, Russia and just recently, Australia. He is presently co-writing a book with Rebecca Nettl-Fiol for the University of Illinois Press titled Exploring the Missing Link: Alexander Technique, Developmental Movement and Dance Training. His works Bob’s Palace (Feb 2003) and Dreaming Meat (Feb 2004) were the culmination of four years of collaboration with the Beckman Institute. Presentations on his works have been seen at SIGGRAPH 2003 among others. In Milwaukee, he choreographed Cat’s Cradle with Kurt Hartwig, Somewhere with music from Christopher Burns, Frog with animation from Evan Mazureski and just last June, “e’s of water”. A new collaboration, Triptych, with Chris Burns and Leslie Vansen was presented last June at the Kenilworth Square East building. Luc also partners with Elizabeth Johnson as a dancer and Associate Director of the scrappy hybrid dance theater company: Your Mother Dances.

Patrcia Zontelli, Poetry, Menomonie

Patricia Zontelli is author of two books of poetry published by New Rivers Press: Edith Jacobson Begins to Fly and Red Cross Dog, winner of the Headlands Poetry Competition and finalist for the National Poetry Series. Her poems have appeared in Connecticut Poetry Review, Cream City Review, Gettysburg Review, Kansas Quarterly, Oxford Magazine, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Slant, Spoon River Poetry Review, Water~Stone Review and many other journals. She was awarded a Bush Artist Fellowship, Wisconsin Arts Board 1998 Travel/Study Grant and is a past winner of the Loft Mentor Series and Lake Superior Regional Writer’s Competition. She has a MFA in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota and lives in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

Poetry Worksample: Fur, Cows, Red Riding



Updated:  Tuesday, July 27, 2010