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SC Arts Commission Grants Awards

SC Arts Commission 2017 Fellowship Judges

Prose Panelist

Anton DiSclafaniAnton DiSclafani is an assistant professor of English and fiction editor for Southern Humanities Review at Auburn University.

Her first novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, was a New York Times bestseller, an Indie Next pick and bestseller, and a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. It was named a most anticipated book of the summer by The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly and was a summer book pick by USA Today and National Public Radio. It was named a book of the year by Slate, and has since been translated into 12 languages. Her new novel, The After Party, was published in May 2016. DiSclafani’s nonfiction has appeared in Southbound, Rhapsody, and Biographile. DiSclafani received her B.A. from Emory University, and her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was previously a writer-in-residence.


Poetry Panelist


Jericho BrownJericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The NationThe New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best poetry books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in April 2016. Brown earned a Ph.D. from the University of Houston, an M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans, and a B.A. from Dillard University. He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.


Dance Choregraphy Panelist


Bala SarasvatiBala Sarasvati is director of Concert Dance Company and modern dance coordinator for the University of Georgia. Her dance training approach has been presented at El Contro Laban 2002 and Global Laban 2008, both in Rio de Janeiro and at Laban Centre London, UK; and International Council Kinetography Laban, Laban Centre, London. She has served as guest artist at numerous universities and intensive dance programs and choreographed over 40 full-length pieces. Her choreography has been shown throughout the U.S. (including at Piccolo Spoleto), China, Brazil, Taiwan, France and Costa Rica. She has served on the board for the National American College Dance Festival Association and currently serves for the UGA Ideas for Creative Exploration steering committee and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, NYC Board of Directors. She holds B.S. and B.F.A. degrees from the University of Utah, and M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from The Ohio State University.


Dance Performance Panelist

Daniel GwirtzmanDaniel Gwirtzman is a producer, director, educator, filmmaker and dancer. His diverse repertory has earned praise for its humor, stylistic versatility, musicality, charisma and accessibility. For the New York City-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, he has created more than 100 repertory works known for their playfully virtuosity, blending robust physicality with universal themes. His choreography has been performed at venues throughout the country and abroad. He has been awarded commissions, residencies and fellowships from institutions including the Joyce Theater Foundation (NY), The Yard (MA), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (MA), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA), Sfakiotes (Greece), Raumars (Finland) and the Sacatar Foundation (Brazil). A master teacher, Gwirtzman has worked at numerous universities and currently is assistant professor of dance at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He holds a B.F.A from the University of Michigan and an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin.