UVU Student Chosen For Norman Mailer Fellowship Program
May 30, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton, 801-863-6807
Utah Valley University creative writing student Ammon Medina has received a full scholarship to participate in the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony fellowship program beginning July 12 in Salt Lake City where Mailer researched his Pulitzer Prize winning book “The Executioner’s Song.” Medina was selected as one of five poetry fellows and will continue to work on his poetry collection that explores Mount Timpanogos during his time with the center.
An active poet during his time at UVU, Medina started the University’s English Club in 2011 and instituted regular poetry readings and open mic nights for members to present their works and give and receive feedback. He graduates next week with a degree in English with emphasis in creative writing. He served as an editor for “Touchstones,” UVU’s creative writing journal, and in April 2013 was presented with the Florence Kahn Memorial Award, one of two awards given annually by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, for his 10 original, unpublished poems — including a sonnet, several free-verse poems, and poetry about Mount Timpanogos. He was the third UVU student in six years to receive one of the annual awards. He will begin an MFA program at the University of Utah in the fall.
The Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony is an educational nonprofit dedicated to nurturing the values of Mailer’s work in future generations of writers. The annual three-week writing program attracts hundreds of applicants from all over the world, and the 15 chosen fellows are selected by merit alone. The program is designed to facilitate a balance between individual work and a forum for discussion among writers. Each year the fellowship program is held in a location where Mailer researched and began writing one of his books.