Braden receives fellowship (again!)
Allen Braden, Tacoma Community College English and humanities instructor, recently received a $6,000 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship in Literary Arts.
Recipients are selected for creative excellence and accomplishment, professional achievement and continuing dedication to their artistic discipline. They are evaluated by a peer review panel of Washington state artists and art professionals.
Braden submitted a number of his latest poems for review, including experiments with sonnets. “I was working with a lot of form. Not a lot of writers work with those kinds of traditional restrictions – I think that puts me in the minority. It’s good to get validation. I wanted to see how my work fared.”
Nature and growing up on a farm are prevailing themes in Braden’s writing. He has focused on poetry for about 10 years.
Twenty other individuals statewide received fellowships. The only Pierce County honoree, Braden was one of 140 applicants in the literary category. He previously received a $20,000 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witness Emerging Writer Prize and the Grolier Prize, among other awards. He is currently preparing his first book.
Braden teaches poetry and creative writing at TCC. He also co-advises a student poetry club, and has been instrumental in creating the college’s Gallery Reading Series, a set of performances in conjunction with the multimedia exhibits at The Gallery at TCC where featured local writers share their work.
The Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship program has awarded more than $1.5 million to artists. Applications are accepted every two years. Artists Trust is a private institution funded through donations.