Alumna Shruti Swamy (’03) Named a National Endowment for the Arts 2022 Creative Writing Fellow

Mount Madonna School alumna Shruti Swamy (’03), recently received recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Swamy, who debuted her first novel “The Archer” this fall, was named a 2022 NEA Creative Writing Fellow. Her novel is a coming-of-age story set in Bombay in the 1960s and 1970s. Her 2020 short story collection, “A House is a Body,” was shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award. The fellowship includes an $25,000 award.

“Having recently published my first two books, I find myself in a strange moment in my career—actually, a terrifying one,” commented Swamy in a personal statement on the NEA website. “I have finally been given the chance to speak, but will anyone listen? The yes I received from the National Endowment of the Arts is not just an affirmation of my past work, but of the work that is to come. With this award, I will be able to dedicate more time to my writing, itself a gift beyond measure. But this award, the incredible vote of confidence in my writing, is also lending me some courage as I move deeper into a new project, that bright yes in my ears as I leap forward into mystery.”


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