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Creative writing professor awarded $25,000 fellowship

Loyola press release - January 11, 2008

(New Orleans)—Christopher Chambers, associate professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, received a $25,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 2008 Literature Fellowship in creative writing. Chambers was awarded the NEA fellowship for a novel-in-progress about the Civil War and softball entitled Burning Tuscaloosa.

As one of the most prestigious fellowships for writers in the country, the NEA 2008 Literature Fellowship award acknowledges writers of prose by encouraging the production of new work.

“Two years ago, I had just returned to my home in New Orleans, and walking through our sparsely re-populated neighborhood, came upon a house across which someone had spray-painted the words ‘Take Nothing for Granted’,” said Chambers. “The phone call from the NEA, at the end of a second quiet hurricane season, is an incredible and unexpected gift. I have only recently been able to return to my own writing, and this award could not have come at a better time. This gives acknowledgment and encouragement at a time when I need it, and is something that I will not take for granted.”

Chambers, who has been at Loyola since 1999, teaches creative writing and screenwriting and serves as editor of the New Orleans Review. His work has appeared in publications such as The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, Denver Quarterly, BOMB Magazine, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Sonora Review, Washington Square, Exquisite Corpse, Carolina Quarterly, Quarterly West, Quarter After Eight, The Madison Review, Lit, Fourteen Hills, The Florida Review, Notre Dame Review and elsewhere. His short story collection, Aardvark to Aztec, was short-listed for the Mary McCarthy Prize. His short fiction has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Literary Award for Short Fiction, and is anthologized in French Quarter Fiction and Best American Mystery Stories 2003.

For more information on the NEA Literature Fellowship grant, please visit http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/Lit/index.html and http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/Lit/eligibility.html

For more information on Christopher Chambers, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at rhritter@loyno.edu or (504) 861-5448