NYFA winners announced

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) announced recipients for this year’s New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)’s Artist Fellowship Program, which awarded a total of $728,000 in unrestricted cash grants of $7,000 to artists throughout New York State. A total of 105 Fellows and 16 Finalists were selected from a pool of 3,692 applicants in the categories of: Crafts/Sculpture; Digital/Electronic Work; Non-Fiction Literature; Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts, and Poetry. Here is the list of winning poets and the panelists who selected them:


Desirée Alvarez (New York)
Ari Banias (Kings) –Gregory Millard Fellow
Jose Beduya (Tompkins)
Cara Benson (Rensselaer)
Michael Burkard (Onondaga)
Ken Chen (Kings)
Barbara Cole (Erie)
Susan Deer Cloud (Broome)
Robert Fitterman (New York)
Tonya Foster (Kings)
Rigoberto Gonzalez (Queens)
James Hall (St. Lawrence)
Brenda Iijima (Kings)
Garrett Kalleberg (Suffolk)
Amy Lawless (Kings)
Ricardo Maldonado (New York)
Ryan Murphy (Dutchess)
Jacob Rakovan (Monroe)
Wendy Walters (Kings) *Also nominated in Nonfiction Literature


Urayoan Noel (Bronx)
Bruce Smith (Onondaga)
Stacy Szymaszek (Kings)


Jennifer Hayashida (Kings)
Anna Moschovakis (Delaware)
Willie Perdomo (New York)
Claudia M. Stanek (Monroe)
Paige Taggart (Kings)

-steven karl