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Pabst Endowed Fund Atlantic Center for the Arts

In 2007, The Pabst Charitable Foundation for the Arts established an Endowment for Master Writers at Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Writers chosen as "Master Writers" are vetted and selected with specific criteria: a body of work demonstrating excellence and a
willingness to mentor and guide fellow writers.

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2010 Pabst Endowed Chairs for Master Writers

Rosellen Brown Rosellen Brown (Residency #136: February 15 – March 7)

Rosellen Brown is the author of five novels, Half a Heart, Civil Wars (winner of the Janet Kafka
Prize for the best novel by an American woman), Before and After (translated into 23 languages
and made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson), Tender Mercies, and The Autobiography of My Mother, as well as three collections of poetry, a collection of stories, and A Rosellen Brown Reader. Selected as one of Ms. Magazine’s 12 “Women of the Year” in 1984, she has been the re-cipient of many honors, including an award in literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Ingram Merrill Foundation, the NEA and the Bunting Institute. She has published widely in magazines and her stories have ap-peared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, and Pushcart Prizes. Her work has also been anthologized in the best-seller Best Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. She teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Richard McCann

Richard McCann (Residency #137: May 17 – June 6)

Richard McCann is the author of Mother of Sorrows, a work of fiction; Ghost Letters, a collection
of poems (1994 Beatrice Hawley Award, 1933 Capricorn Poetry Award); and editor (with Michael Klein)
of Things Shaped in Passing: More 'Poets for Life' Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. His fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in such magazines as The Atlantic, Ms., Esquire, Ploughshares,
Tin House, and Washington Post Magazine, and in numerous anthologies, including The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007 and Best American Essays 2000. Of McCann’s work, Michael Cunningham (author of The Hours) has called Mother of Sorrows “unbearably beautiful – a book so intricately felt, so magnificently written, that it can stand unembarrassed beside the mystery of life itself.” Richard McCann has received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, on whose Board of Trustees he served. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University in Washington, DC. He also serves the Board of Directors of the PEN Faulkner Foundation and is a Member of the
Corporation of Yaddo.

Craig Thompson Craig Thompson (Residency #139: October 11 - 31)

Craig Thompson's book Blankets (2003) was pivotal in ushering in the age of graphic novels to the
literary world. A coming-of-age autobiography that tells the story of Thompson's childhood in an Evangelical Christian family, his first love, and his early adulthood, Blankets was chosen by Time as one
of the 10 best English language graphic novels ever written. It won numerous comics industry awards:
two Eisners, three Harveys, two Ignatzes, and has been translated into twenty languages. His debut
book Good-bye, Chunky Rice (1999) won a 2000 Harvey award for Best New Talent; and his Carnet de Voyage (2004) documented travel through Europe and Morocco, promoting Blankets, and researching
the forthcoming Habibi. Since late 2004, Craig has been con-sumed with work on Habbibi, a 700 page Arabian Nights-esque epic, which will reach completion in 2010. Outside of graphic novels, Craig has
drawn endless children's comics and illustrations for Nickelodeon Magazine and National Geographic Kids.




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