SNHU’S Mitch Wieland Named 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow

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Mitch Wieland, who teaches fiction and nonfiction in Southern New Hampshire University's MFA program, was named a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. He is among only 40 writers nationwide to receive the $25,000 fellowship, and was chosen from among nearly 1,200 applicants.

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This kind of recognition is invaluable,” Wieland said. “I’m thrilled and honored to join the list of past recipients

Southern New Hampshire University’s MFA program continues to rise in distinction with the national acclaim of its faculty. Recently, Mitch Wieland, who teaches fiction and nonfiction in the MFA program, was named a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. He is among only 40 writers nationwide to receive the $25,000 fellowship, and was chosen from among nearly 1,200 applicants.

“This kind of recognition is invaluable,” Wieland said to the NEA. “I’m thrilled and honored to join the list of past recipients.” These recipients include winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Awards, and the National Book Critics Circle Awards.

“Wieland is not only an excellent writer, he is also a master teacher,” said MFA Director, Diane Les Becquets. “He knows how to teach the craft with both wisdom and grace. He is such an asset to the program, and represents what the program is about.”

Wieland, who joined the program’s faculty in 2011, said, “The faculty and students at SNHU are utterly fantastic. There’s as strong a feeling of community and support as you’d ever hope to find. The excitement is contagious.”

Wieland is the author of Willy Slater’s Lane and God’s Dogs. Willy Slater’s Lane received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, and was optioned for a film. The New York Times called the novel “immensely moving.” God’s Dogs was named the Idaho Book of the Year in 2010, and was featured in the Best of the West 2009 prize anthology. God’s Dogs was also a finalist for the 2010 John Gardner Fiction Book Award, and was cited as a Book of the Year by New West.com. Wieland’s short stories have appeared in The Best of the West, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, TriQuarterly, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, and other publications. In addition to his NEW fellowship, Wieland is the recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, and two Literature Fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He is currently working on a novel set in Tokyo, Japan.

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