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星期二, 9月 06, 2016

Lisa Rosinsky Selected as 13th Annual Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Recipient

Lisa Rosinsky Selected as 13th Annual
Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Recipient

Boston, MA – September 06, 2016 – Lisa Rosinsky, of Boston, Massachusetts, has been selected as the thirteenth annual recipient of the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence fellowship. A welcome reception and reading will be held on September 14th at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square.

The Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence fellowship, created in 2004, furthers the Associates’ mission of supporting the Boston Public Library by promoting the importance of writers, books, and reading in our culture. The fellowship provides an emerging author with the financial support and space needed to complete one literary work for children or young adults within a nine-month period. One of the most financially generous programs of its kind in the U.S., the winner receives a $20,000 stipend and the use of a private office in the Boston Public Library’s Central Library. The program is funded through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Rosinsky was enthusiastically selected as the 2016-2017 winner by a panel of judges – including authors, young-adult editors, and librarians – in a blind judging process, based on the strength of her proposed young-adult novel, Robin & Mariana.

Robin & Mariana is the story of Robin Chen, a butch poet from Baltimore, and Mariana Gomes, a high-school dropout from Berkeley. They meet online, fall in love, and run away from home to meet exactly halfway across the country – in rural Nebraska. Along the way, they befriend queer teens living on the streets and decide to start a radical community for LGBTQ homeless youth. But small-town America is not always friendly to kids who defy labels. Rosinsky describes the book as a “queer, modern-day Robin Hood retelling about privilege, social justice and survival.”

“I am deeply honored that the Associates of the Boston Public Library have given me not only their vote of confidence but these incredibly valuable resources—time, space, and funding—to research and write my next novel,” Rosinsky proclaimed. She added “To write for children is to help shape the minds of the next generation: to encourage kids to learn, ask questions, and change the world. I can't imagine a more exciting calling in life. And I can't thank the Associates of the BPL enough for this amazing opportunity to make a difference. The Boston Public Library is my favorite place in the entire city and I am thrilled to be able to call the BPL my home-away-from-home for the next year.” The residency term runs from September 2016 through May 2017.

Rosinsky earned her B.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and Boston University respectively. Her debut young-adult novel, Inevitable & Only, will be published by Boyds Mills Press in spring 2018. Rosinsky’s stories have been published inHighlights and Cricket, and her poetry appears in Prairie Schooner, Measure, Hunger Mountain, 32 Poems, and other journals. She has worked as a freelance writer and editor, a yoga teacher, and as one half of a traveling two-person production of The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe.

The Associates is hosting a welcome reception on September 14, 2016 at the Central Library. Both Rosinsky and outgoing Writer-in-Residence, Jennifer De Leon, will read from their respective works. For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.writer-in-residence.org.  

About the ASSOCIATES OF THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
The Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence fellowship, created in 2004, provides an emerging author with the financial support and space needed to complete one literary work for children or young adults within a nine-month period. The winner receives a $20,000 stipend and the use of a private office in the Boston Public Library’s Central Library during their residency.

The residency has enabled several talented children’s authors to launch their literary careers. Program alumni have published (or are in the process of publishing) twenty-six books. This includes several books written at the Boston Public Library: Hannah Barnaby’s Wonder Show,Elaine Dimopoulos’ Material GirlsAnnie Hartnett’s Rabbit Cake (which will be published in May 2017), and Natalie Anderson's City of Saints and Thieves (which will be published in spring 2017.)

The application and guidelines for the 2017-2018 fellowship will be posted online in early 2017 atwww.writer-in-residence.org.

About the ASSOCIATES OF THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Associates of the Boston Public Library is an independent nonprofit dedicated to conserving the Boston Public Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, prints, musical scores, and other items of literary, cultural and historic importance. The Associates is working to ensure continued public access to these irreplaceable treasures by underwriting their conservation, cataloging, digitization, and exhibition. Through these efforts, the Associates aims to help the Boston Public Library fulfill its most essential mission of providing the finest free educational resources to the public, as well as preserving knowledge, culture, and history for the benefit of all.

Since its founding in 1972, the Associates has created and underwritten an array of programs, including: Literary Lights, (an annual black tie dinner honoring outstanding New England authors); the Hundred Year Retroactive Book Award competition; art and architecture tours; readings; lectures; curatorial evenings featuring select library holdings; exhibitions; musical performances; and discussions of current events featuring key decision makers. To learn more, visit www.TheAssociates.orgwww.Facebook.com/AssociatesBPL,www.Instagram.com/AssociatesBPL or follow the Associates on Twitter at @AssociatesBPL.