Educational Housing Services, Inc. Partners with The Norman Mailer Center

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EHS Housed the 2013 Norman Mailer Center Fellows This Summer in Brooklyn Heights, NY

2013 Poetry Fellows. From top left: Stuart Coleman, Eric Ward, Daniel DeVaughn Bottom left: Desiree Bailey, Alaina Ferris, and Fellow Mentor/Instructor Meena Alexander

Educational Housing Services, Inc. (EHS), the leading provider of private, off-campus student housing in New York City, was proud to house the prestigious Norman Mailer Center Fellowship program this summer at its St. George Residence located in Brooklyn Heights, New York -- the very same neighborhood in which Mailer once lived.

The Center offers Fellowships for fiction, nonfiction and poetry to promising writers from all over the world. For three weeks this summer, Norman Mailer's eldest son, Michael Mailer, had been hosting the Center's fellowship programs at the elder Mailer's home in Brooklyn Heights, New York, where he lived more than 40 years and wrote many of his books. Afternoon readings and meetings in the evenings were scheduled in Mailer's living room. J. Michael Lennon, Mailer's official biographer, discussed Mailer's 1951 novel, Barbary Shore (which is set in Brooklyn Heights), and provided the fellows with a walking tour of the area.

"We are extremely honored to have had this partnership with The Norman Mailer Center, and thrilled that the Fellows were able to share information on Mailer's rich legacy with the other students and interns living in our residence," says Jeffrey H. Lynford, President and CEO of Educational Housing Services.

Applicants from fiction, nonfiction and poetry were chosen for this program based on merit. Each successful Fellow's award covered full tuition and housing for the entire three-week period of residency.

The Norman Mailer Center was founded by Mailer's last wife, Norris Church Mailer, with Mailer's close friend and collaborator, Lawrence Schiller.

List of 2013 NMC Fellows

Non-Fiction: David Debatto (Palm Harbor, FL), Jennifer Latson (Dover, NH), Kurt Pitzer (Brooklyn, NY), and Mimi Swartz (Houston, TX).

Poetry: Eric Ward (New Haven, CT), Daniel DeVaughn (Eugene, OR), Alaina Ferris (Brooklyn, NY), Desiree Bailey (Springfield Gardens, NY), and Stuart Coleman (Honolulu, HI).

Fiction: Vincent Scarpa (Vineland, NJ), Philip Brunst (Brooklyn, NY), Yewande Omotoso (Gauteng, South Africa), Amy Kurzweil (Brooklyn, NY), and Kay McSpadden (Rock Hill, SC).

About Educational Housing Services

Educational Housing Services Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that has provided safe and convenient off-campus housing in New York City for college students and interns since 1987. The organization works with many academic institutions and corporations to provide housing for more than 10,000 students and interns annually, and also leases to individual students. EHS operates eight student residences in Manhattan and Brooklyn, each of which offers fully-furnished and amenity-rich accommodations that include 24-hour security, a live-in residential staff, laundry rooms, fitness facilities, and an active student life program. For details visit

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