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Edie Meidav, Novelist and Bard Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing, Wins 2007 Lannan Fellowship

Mark Primoff
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Edie Meidav, novelist and Bard College visiting assistant professor of writing, is the winner of a 2007 Lannan literary fellowship. The Lannan Foundation, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, annually recognizes writers who have made significant contributions to English-language literature through fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Six writing fellowships totaling $550,000 were awarded this year to writers of distinctive literary merit who demonstrate potential for continued outstanding work. Meidav’s first novel, The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), grew out of her time in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright fellowship and received the Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman and a Los Angeles Times Best Books of 2001 citation. Her second novel, Crawl Space (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), won the Bard Fiction Prize (2005); was shortlisted for Alex, Koret, and Rosenberg awards; was selected as Editor’s Choice in the New York Times Book Review and as Best Book of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle, among others; and is currently being adapted for film. The Village Voice named Meidav one of their “Writers on the Verge” (2000). Her fiction, poetry, and criticism has appeared in anthologies, including Writing On Air (MIT Press) and On Globalization (MIT Press), as well as Conjunctions, Village Voice, The American Voice, Ms., and other publications. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.F.A. from Mills College. She currently lives with her family in Rhinebeck, New York. The Lannan Literary Awards and Fellowships were established in 1989 to honor both established and emerging writers whose work is of exceptional quality. Over the last 19 years, the Lannan Foundation, through its awards and fellowships program, has awarded 171 writers and poets more than $13 million. Candidates for the awards and fellowships are recommended to the foundation by a network of writers, literary scholars, publishers, and editors. Nominators are geographically dispersed and serve anonymously. The final determination of recipients is made by the foundation’s literary committee.

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