Congratulations to Sonora Jha, our prose writer-in-residence, who was selected for the 2017 Barry Lopez Fellowship at Playa. The fellowship is awarded each year to a writer based in Washington or Oregon with a strong interest in issues of justice and equity and whose work resonates in spirit with that of Barry Lopez.
Jha will receive a two-week residency at Playa Artists and Writers Retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, as well as a travel stipend.
Jha is the author of the novel Foreign, published in 2013 by Random House India. She is a professor of journalism and media studies at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her recent political essays and op-eds have been published in The New York Times, the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and the Globalist. Apart from her academic and journalistic writing, she has just completed her second novel and is finishing work on a memoir.
The fellowship honors the work of Barry Lopez, known for its humanitarian and environmental focus. Lopez is the author of award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction including the National Book Award-winning Arctic Dreams; Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, which he co-edited with his wife, the writer Debra Gwartney; and Outside.
Now in its second year, the fellowship is being administered by Hugo House. Winners are chosen by an anonymous advisory board; there is no application process.