For two full days in January, six Minnesota writers and editors carefully evaluated over 60 applications for the Artist Initiative Grant at the Minnesota State Arts Board. I was one of those panelists and had a mound of prose to read beforehand. The depth and scope of applications was astounding, as was the high quality of writing from around the state. I learned a lot about writing and grants and met fascinating members of the local literary community.
Grant recipients will be announced soon.