Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

Marci Cancio-Bello

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Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), which won the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. She and E. J. Koh co-translated The World's Lightest Motorcycle by Korean poet Yi Won (Zephyr Press, 2021). She has received fellowships from the American Literary Translators Association, the Knight Foundation, and Kundiman, and her work has appeared in Best Small Fictions, Catapult, Kenyon Review Online, the New York Times, Poets & Writers, and more. She co-directs the PEN America Miami/South Florida Chapter, and currently serves as a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair.

I am immensely grateful for the honor of this National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, which is a gift of time, encouragement, and financial stability to recalibrate my artistic practice. This fellowship came at a time of great personal and national difficulty, when I felt utterly wrung out, as if I had given all my hope to others and kept none for myself. I am still astonished to join this community of new fellows in becoming part of a legacy that has named so many brilliant writers I admire. This fellowship will allow me to dedicate focused energy toward the research necessary to complete my manuscript of creative nonfiction, but the immeasurable reward is to find my hope restored by this invitation to keep at it.