Every year, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation presents large financial grants to creative people–the so-called “Genius Grants.” The Foundation recently announced this year’s MacArthur Fellows, each of whom will receive $650,000 over five years with no strings attached.
The august group includes Ocean Vuong, the poet, novelist, and college English professor who came to the U.S. as a child from Vietnam and whose creative work is highly influenced by the legacy of the American war in his former country. That includes his acclaimed new novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, which VVA Veteran Arts Editor Marc Leepson favorably reviewed in the July/August issue of the magazine.
“From addressing the consequences of climate change to furthering our understanding of human behavior to fusing forms of artistic expression, this year’s 26 extraordinary MacArthur Fellows demonstrate the power of individual creativity to reframe old problems, spur reflection, create new knowledge, and better the world for everyone,” said the foundation’s president, John Palfrey.
“They give us, and they inspire us all to follow our own creative instincts.”