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MacArthur Genius Spends Her $500K on Others

Heather McHugh creates nonprofit for people who need a break

(Newser) - What would you do with $500,000? For Seattle poet Heather McHugh, it took some figuring out. "Nobody deserves that kind of money, and I think something in me was chastened by being awarded such a big amount of money," McHugh tells KPLU . After receiving the money with... More »

Meet This Year's 21 MacArthur 'Geniuses'

MacArthur Foundation picks new batch of fellows for $625K award

(Newser) - A 71-year-old historian, a 32-year-old physicist, poets, musicians, lawyers: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has selected this year's crop of "geniuses"—recipients of a coveted fellowship that includes a $625,000 stipend over five years. Among the winners:
  • Physicist Danielle Bassett, the youngest recipient
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Meet This Year's 'Genius' Grant Winners

2013 MacArthur fellows include author Karen Russell, dancer Kyle Abraham

(Newser) - The MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants have risen from $500,000 to $625,000 this year, but for recipient Karen Russell, the real prize is time. The author wrote her Pulitzer-nominated debut novel, Swamplandia!, while working part time at a vet clinic, reports the AP , and has been traveling from... More »

MacArthur Genius Winner: I Thought it Was a Robocall

2012 fellows announced

(Newser) - Mandolin player Chris Thile kept getting phone calls from the 312 area code, refusing to answer them because he assumed they were political robocalls. Finally, after listening to one of the mysterious messages—"Don't tell anyone about this call"—he had his tour manager look up the... More »

MacArthur Genius Winner: I Thought it Was Spam

Meet the 2011 fellows

(Newser) - When silversmith Ubaldo Vitali got the phone call, he thought it was a joke. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein nearly wrote off her email as spam. But it was neither a joke or spam: Vitali and Weilerstein are among this year’s 22 recipients of the MacArthur Foundation’s $500,000 “... More »

Wire Creator Among MacArthur Genius Grant Winners

22 others get $500K to follow their passions

(Newser) - The creator of the HBO hit series The Wire and now Treme is among 23 winners of the "genius" grants announced today by the MacArthur Foundation. The awards, granting $100,000 annually for 5 years with absolutely no strings attached, left David Simon with a "vague sense of... More »

Depression Killed David Foster Wallace

Only friends, family knew of the writer's emotional state

(Newser) - After a torrent of tributes to David Foster Wallace since his suicide 2 weeks ago, Salon talks with close friends and family members about the decades-long battle with depression that led the beloved and astonishingly talented writer to take his life. For years, Wallace functioned with the help of antidepressants,... More »

MacArthur Picks New $500K 'Geniuses'

Twenty-four creative high-achievers handed $500K

(Newser) - "Master vocalist" Dawn Upshaw is among 24 "geniuses"  awarded half a million bucks by the MacArthur Foundation today. Back from a break to treat her breast cancer, Upshaw says she hopes that "a lot of amazing music comes from it. Maybe new pieces with young singers.... More »

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