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MacDowell colony launches diversity fellowship

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the country’s oldest artist colonies is starting a fellowship dedicated to literary diversity.

The MacDowell Colony, chaired by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, announced Monday that it had acquired funding for a fellowship to be awarded to writers from “populations across racial and cultural boundaries.”

The new program is called the Charlotte Sheedy Fellowship, named for the literary agent whose clients have ranged from Audre Lorde to Marilyn French. Supported by an anonymous donation of $200,000, the fellowship provides for a stay of up to two months at MacDowell, founded in 1907 and based in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Residents at MacDowell have included James Baldwin, Louise Erdrich and Oscar Hijuelos.

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