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Members of the Boise State Community Win Literature Fellowships

Emily Ruskovich, an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing, and Joel Wayne, producer of the NPR-affiliate programs Reader’s Corner and You Know The Place for Boise State Public Radio, are among the recipients of Literature Fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

Fellowship recipients each receive $5,000. The awards, given every two years, recognize outstanding writers, honoring work deemed to exhibit the highest artistic merit during peer review. Applicants were reviewed anonymously in a highly competitive process by panelists from out of state and were judged solely on the basis of existing work and professional history.

Ruskovich grew up in the Idaho Panhandle on Hoodoo Mountain. Her writing has appeared in Zoetrope, the Virginia Quarterly Review, One Store, The New York Times, the Paris Review and Lit Hub. Her L.A. Times bestselling novel “Idaho” is the winner of the Dublin Literary Award. She is the winner of an O. Henry Award, the Idaho Book Award and a Pacific Northwest Book Award. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Wayne is a writer and producer from Boise. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Chattahoochee Review, The Moth and Salon, among other places. He has won the Silver Creek Writer’s Residency, the Lamar York Prize, and is a Pushcart nominee. Wayne serves as a judge for the annual Scholastic Writing Awards.

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